This week with Brian 5 to 12 October 2023

Further Afield the week according to Brian Quinn

This Week with Brian

Including changing facts, a lack of grip, bring back Brunel, repeat three times, short-term interests, drawing-pin bugs, a kiwi thrashing, commander in the doghouse, parking, water scrutiny, number crunching, the Frog and Peach, comedy animals, didn’t feel lonely, two undefeated winners and moon starers.

Click on the appropriate buttons to the right to see the local news from your area (updated every Thursday evening).

If there’s anything you’d like to see covered for your area or anything that you’d like to add to something that we’ve covered already, drop me a line at brian@pennypost.org.uk

Further afield

The death sentence has finally been passed on the northern sections of the fiasco that is HS2 at the Tory Conference in Manchester. The statement was widely predicted and dominated the event. In pulling the plug, the PM did something that should have happened a long time ago. None the less, some very serious questions remain.

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• Rail

One of his justifications, as reported in a Gov.uk document also issued on 4 October,  was that “the facts around HS2 have changed.” I’m not sure what the “around” means here. Did he mean to say “about”? He added that “the costs have more than doubled.” However, it’s been known for years that this monster was completely out of control and during some of this period he was Chancellor.

Originally estimated to be about £30bn in 2009 for the whole Y-shaped network, the Oakervee Review in 2020 put the cost of the London to Manchester leg alone at north of £100bn. The stump that’s left, London to Birmingham, is estimated to cost about £47bn – so that’s about 50% more cost for about one third of the track, a six-fold increase. Someone is making a lot of money out of this.

How so little grip could have been got on the costs in the past naturally leads one to ask whether this will be any better in the future. Sunak promised £36bn for other transport projects (not all rail). This were portrayed as if they’re new schemes. In most cases they are not, merely previously cancelled projects like Northern Powerhouse that have now been un-cancelled: or, as regional policy and infrastructure expert Tom Arnold called it, “yet another hastily announced and cobbled together list of proposed projects rather than a coherent long-term plan.” Nor can the £36bn price tag be guaranteed with any certainty. The army of consultants which have been grazing so happily on the Treasury lawn for the last decade will not mind as further work awaits on these new projects.

There was a time when the UK was quite good a large-scale rail projects but the last really successful one was probably executed by Brunel. We were in France last week and I spent some time trying to explain to some French friends how we are spending about twice as much on a line as SNCF plans to on five recently announced projects that will be about three times longer. Embarrassment was my main emotion here.

Going back to Sunak’s comment about the facts having changed, he added that “the pandemic has significantly changed the travel patterns it was originally designed to serve.” This is drivel. There was never any particular problem with travelling between England’s three biggest cities and certinly not between London and Birmingham. The problem was trying to go from Liverpool via Manchester and Leeds too Hull, stations which are connected by a system that is basically Victorian – and thank god those bearded tyrants with their stovepipe hats knew what they were about.

As a plan to alleviate the north-south rift, HS2 was always insane. At the very least, the northern part should have been started first. Tom Arnold points out that “the extended HS2 station at Manchester Piccadilly was central to the Northern Powerhouse plans, in that that station was already accounted for in the HS2 budget.”

There was also a good deal of investment that happened or was promised on the strength of this great enterprise. Will any of these companies ever trust our government again? Then there were the people who had their lives blighted by the project, the ancient woodlands that were felled – and for what? We invented the railways and now we can’t even build one between our two largest cities, which we didn’t really need anyway. What a fiasco.

• Heir

The PM also seemed keen to cast himself in the role of Thatcher’s heir. (It’s worth mentioning here that she won three elections while he has yet to contest one.) We have had, he told the conference, “thirty years of a political system which incentivises the easy decision, not the right one. Thirty years of vested interests standing in the way of change. Thirty years of rhetorical ambition which achieves little more than a short-term headline.” The first rule of political rhetoric is to repeat a good-sounding phrase three times. Job done so far.

By dissing every Tory PM from Major onwards, he’s also making an appeal to the right of the party without actually saying so. I can fix this “system” he’s telling us. How? “Vested interests standing in the way of change”. How’s he going to fix that? Thatcher at least took some enemies on in pitched battle. What is Sunak’s plan?

As for “short-term headlines”, that’s all politicians under this system can ever offer. There have to be elections every five years. In the final year, a lot of promises are made. The fact that they may have long-term roll-outs shouldn’t be confused with the fact that they express short-term interests. The system we have is incompatible with long-term planning, unless a project commands a sufficiently wide level of support to survive a transference of power. Clearly he doesn’t think that HS2 does.

• Climate

A similarly opportunistic note was struck by the recent announcement that the deadline on a number of climate-change measures will be delayed. The fact that Sunak had to deny that this was for political reasons tells you all you need to know about the fact that it was. The idea of stopping a “war on motorists” also seems to be an election winner.

This does not, of course, come under the category of “short-term headlines.” Obviously, there are no “vested interests” that are being protected. There’s nothing standing in the way of “change”. Dear oh dear.

That said, it’s natural, and also reasonable, to want to prevent individuals and families from having to pay the cost of the massive changes that are required if we are to make the evolution to a post-carbon world and, in all probability, survive as a species. That’s what governments are for. There needs to be a vision for how the state can can help manage this change. It goes against the instincts of the Tories to intervene on this level: but even so, that’s what’s needed, not mealy-mouthed platitudes and electioneering clumsily disguised as innovative gestures.

So can we find an example of a recent Tory initiative where, when the world was faced with an existential threat and businesses were about to fold, a remedy was found? Er…oh, hang on – how about the furlough scheme and “eat out to help out” during the  pandemic? Those were big-state things, showing that the Conservatives could  help with transitional funding. True, climate change threatens to be fair worse that Covid 19. Something of that kind is surely needed now. But who was the architect of these schemes: who was the Chancellor at the time? No, don’t tell me – I’ll remember his name in a moment…

• And finally

• France is having an invasion of bed bugs and I suppose that even the wonders of Brexit can’t stop them eventually  coming over here. Apparently they can live for a year without food and can probably survive high does of radiation and temperatures just above absolute zero. The French word for these little darlings is punaise which also doubles up as the word for drawing pin, which is appropriate – some years ago I had nine out of ten knuckles bitten and having drawing pins stuck in my hands might have been less painful.

• The Cricket World Cup has just got under way and the first match was a repeat of the remarkable final last time between England and New Zealand. England’s defence could hardly have got off to a worse start, being beaten by nine wickets with over thirteen overs to spare. The big weakness of one-day cricket is that the team that wins the toss has a good chance of winning the match. Having two innings of 25 overs each would sort that. C’mon, peeps, let’s try that next time.

• There have been a lot of horror stories about dangerous dogs recently – so far as I’m concerned, all dogs are dangerous – with varying solutions being proposed about how to deal with this. It would seem that, as with so many other things, legislation isn’t working. Obviously, a bad or ineffectual owner is likely to lead to a troublesome animal. If your dog has bitten eleven people in less than two years you might therefore conclude that there’s something wrong with the owner or the dog, or both. Should the dog not be put down? Not, it seems, if the owner is Joe Biden. “The President and First Lady care deeply about the safety of those who work at the White House,” a statement said. No, they don’t. The dog is called Commander, if you please, so clearly has got ideas above its station.

• Every time I read something about the Horizon Post Office scandal, the worse it seems to be. This article in The Guardian says that the PO “did not provide adequate guidance and training to prosecutors who investigated branch operators accused of wrongdoing.” The trouble is that, such was the corporate arrogance at PO HQ, that I doubt the bosses ever considered for one minute that their system might have been at fault. The latest Private Eye – which has campaigned against this shocking injustice for years – compared in one of its number crunches the £600,000 offered to wrongly convicted sub-postmasters with the £2.15m that was paid to the Post Office’s then CEO Paula Vennells between 2013 and 2019. Nuff said…

Across the area

• Parking

West Berkshire Council has a key role to play in managing and enforcing parking provision within the district and currently needs your views on its draft Parking Strategy for 2024-2034.

“As a local authority responsible for all aspects of parking in the district,” a recent WBC statement says, “we carry the important responsibility of managing and enforcing parking provisions within the district and are given powers to do this under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the Road Traffic Act 1991, the Traffic Management Act 2004, the Civil Enforcement of Road Traffic Contraventions Regulations 2022, and the Transport Act 2000.

“We’re developing an updated Parking Strategy that will inform how we plan to maintain our car parks and keep our road space available for traffic to move freely within the district, curbing inconsiderate or unauthorised parking. This initiative is a natural progression from our existing Parking Policy, first adopted in 2008.”

You can click here to read more about this and to have your say (which you need to have done by Midnight on Sunday 12 November.

• Water scrutiny

The next outing of WBC’s Scrutiny Commission’s (SC) – formerly the  Oversigh and Scrutiny Management Commission – will be on Wednesday 11 October. This will look at the performance of Thames Water and the Environment Agency in the district, with representatives of both organisations in attendance. You can click here to see the agenda.

The stated purpose is to review matters relating to the activities of Thames Water and the Environment Agency that affect West Berkshire. In relation to Thames Water, the review will seek to:

  • understand what has been done since the last scrutiny review in September 2022 to address issues associated with sewage discharges affecting local watercourses;
  • establish what other investment has been carried out to improve the existing fresh and foul water infrastructure in West Berkshire;
  • confirm what additional investment is planned to address known problems with fresh and foul water infrastructure in the District; and
  • seek assurance over progress in upgrading fresh and foul water infrastructure to support major developments in the District.

In relation to the Environment Agency, the review will seek to:

  • understand the role of the Environment Agency in terms of monitoring water quality in our watercourses; and
  • understand the powers available to the Environment Agency to take enforcement against pollution by the water companies, and what action has been taken against Thames Water in recent years.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Council’s YouTube channel for those wanting to follow the meeting as it happens or at their convenience later. Click here for more details. 

• Residents’ news

The latest Residents’ Bulletin from West Berkshire Council covers Goldwell Park’s pump track, West Berkshire Green Hub, parking, careers, a road closure, numeracy courses, learner achievement awards and Pippa Longstocking.

• News from your local councils

Most of the councils in the area we cover are single-tier with one municipal authority. The arrangements in Oxfordshire are different, with a County Council which is sub-divided into six district councils, of which the Vale of White Horse is one. In these two-tier authorities, the county and district have different responsibilities. In all cases, parish and town councils provide the first and most immediately accessible tier of local government.

West Berkshire Council

Click here for details of all current consultations being run by West Berkshire Council.

West Berkshire Council is looking for your views on local bus services. To take part in the survey (which closes on 10 September), please click here.

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Vale of White Horse Council

Click here for details of all current consultations being run by the Vale Council.

Click here for latest news from the Vale Council.

Click here for the South and Vale Business Support Newsletter archive (newsletters are generally produced each week).

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Wiltshire Council

Click here for details of all current consultations being run by Wiltshire Council.

Click here for the latest news from Wiltshire Council.

Swindon Council

Click here for details of all current consultations being run by Swindon Council.

Click here for the latest news from Swindon Council.

Parish and town councils

• Please see the News from your local council section in the respective weekly news columns (these also contain a wide range of other news stories and information on activities, events and local appeals and campaigns): Hungerford areaLambourn Valley; Marlborough area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and Downlands; Burghfield area; Wantage area

• Other news

• WBC is consulting on its draft Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy, which is open until midnight on Sunday 29 October 2023. For more information on this, including how to participate, click here.

• West Berkshire Council has announced some improvements to the district’s bus services, mainly involving Newbury, Thatcham and Mortimer.

Click here for information about help available with the cost of living crisis in West Berkshire, the Vale and Wiltshire.

Please click here for information about what local councils are doing to help support refugees from Ukraine and how you can help.

• The animals of the week are any of these beasts snapped in by the winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

• The letters section of the Newbury Weekly News includes, as well as ones referred to elsewhere, communications on the subject of ignorance, apathy, dignity, shoplifting, speeding and wildlife articles.

• A number of good causes have received valuable support recently: see the various news area sections (links above) for further 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One of the many problems that emerged when the time came to sell the Millennium Dome in London was that there were no clear record of what was in, or on, the building, who owned them and what obligations attached to these. The due diligence and record keeping had been rushed, and in some cases not done at all. There was, obviously, a fairly large ticking clock demanding that the thing be opened on time: but even so…

 

• Nothing to see

Much the same thing, admittedly on a rather smaller scale, appears to have happened when the Faraday Road ground was closed in June 2018. This was a WBC asset, although some things may have been owned by others, such as the football club. Knowing what’s there and to whom everything belongs at any change of tenure seems a pretty basic requirement of any organisation. The place was, so the wisdom then ran, to be mothballed and eventually bulldozed, so perhaps this wasn’t seen as important. Matters did not, however, develop remotely as the administration had planned.

Surely the officers should have anticipated this. “What you want to do may happen but it may not. Either way, we need to have a record of what’s there.” Items such as the stand (now in Hungerford), the permitter fence (whereabouts unknown) and the club house (demolished after an arson attack) could have been crossed off the list as they vanished. As it is, we don’t know exactly what was there.

All this became even more important because of the debate about whether or not Monks Lane would be a replacement facility. Sport England’s guidelines are clear that a facility at least as good as that closed has to be provided before development starts (a point WBC did not recognise at the time, but does now). If Monks Lane is not to be built, then Faraday Road needs to be restored to at least the condition it was in before in every significant respect. Not having a single and authenticated point of reference for this makes this task harder. If there is such a document, it’s never been cited in the numerous exchanges on the subject in which different people have claimed different things about the place. There’s also the wider point that for a council not to keep such a record is, at best, insouciant. Might this also have happened elsewhere in the district?

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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The quiz, the sketch and the song

• So we find ourselves once again at the Song of the Week. Here’s Didn’t Feel Lonely ’til I thought of Youby the wonderful Kevin Ayers which includes one of the most blistering guitar solos you could ever want to hear (by Ollie Halsall).

• Which means that the next thing must be the Comedy Moment of the Week.We wind back a bit to listen to Peter Cook and Dudley Moore discussing one of the most disastrous business ventures of all time,The Frog and Peach.

• And so we must conclude with the Quiz Question of the Week. This week’s question is:What connects the word “astronomers” and the phrase “moon starers”?Last week’s question was: Which are the only two clubs to have won the Champions League/European Cup twice but also never lost a final? The answer is Porto (1987 and 2004) and Nottingham Forest (1979 and 1980), the latter also being the only club to have won this competition more times than it’s won its national league.

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  1. Quoted: “There have been a lot of horror stories about dangerous dogs recently – so far as I’m concerned, all dogs are dangerous”

    Fully agree here Brian!! Are we the only two people who feel this?

    Well, what’s new [yawn] – The Bidens, like about 90% of humanity, are Dog Devotees. Seems to say a lot about the majority of humans that they so clearly relate so utterly with dogs.

    (Whereas poor old clean quiet self-contained cats come a VERY poor second-best here).

    1. Thanks for your comment. I think there are plenty of cats out there but they don’t make the news so much as they don’t tend to go round biting people or pooing on pavements…
      Brian

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