Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Personally, I Don't Necessarily Agree, But . . . .
ONE OF MY FRIENDS BELIEVES
THAT THE FACT THAT “SOUTHERN
RAIL” IS MAINLY OWNED BY A
FRENCH COMPANY - IS PART OF THE
REASON FOR THE PRESENT STRIKES.
Whilst it is the rail unions who have called the on-going disastrous five day strike by Southern Rail employees, it is the staffing policies of the company's owners which have precipitated the strike call.
This is a massive French transport company based in Paris and partly owned by that government via the French national rail company who, my friend says, couldn't care less about British commuting passengers' delays, discomforts and income loss, about a reduction in the number of tourists visiting London or about whether Brexit is a rocky ride – or even a complete disaster !
After all, he says, it is French politicians who suggested that Britain ought to be penalised for voting for Brexit, and they have been further pixxed-off by Theresa May's eminently sensible and obviously correct and courageous decision to take a closer look before finally committing to the resolution taken 20 years ago to build a nuclear power station - when electricity production projects by other means have changed so drastically in the last two decades.
Stopping London based commuters from producing, whilst also reducing our tourist income, are both factors which will make leaving the E.U. look like a bad idea, and thus weaken support for French E.U. “independence” parties.
Unfortunately, those British trade unionists which wanted to REMAIN in the E.U. are also inclined towards trying to show that Brexit was wrong.
So whilst they claim that they “always” have the best interests of “our members” at heart, we all know that they can be extremely political bodies which, like the large commercial interests they confront, are NOT elected by the British electorate, and so have an undeserved and un-democratic influence on our lives and on our Brexit, etc.
I just wish they would play their games on the Continent, instead of on “our” (what a totally inaccurate word) on “OUR” railways !
Once they've settled whether the Driver or the Guard closes the doors for the passengers, I suppose they will then want to argue about who opens and closes the door for the Guard and then who opens and closes it for the Driver.
After all, increasingly expensive business executives and powerful political leaders have to be seen to be doing something useful – don't they ?
BUT JOKING ASIDE.
Whether my friend is right or wrong, he is managing to draw attention to the idea that Brexit is just as likely to be covertly attacked as well as openly, and that we must therefore all look more than once at events which carry other headlines, but may well be “poor loser” attempts to spoil a successful and beneficial Brexit - or even be a vain attempt to reverse it.
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