Thursday, 5 February 2009

Charles Horton is going to get beaten up today…

The MD of South Eastern Trains will be jumped by the chiefs of four other rail companies, who he made look very stupid, and they’ll whip him with their silk ties till he bleeds.

He was the one boss who agreed to tell MPs in last night’s Transport Select Committee how much profit his company was making – £27m for the record.

Four others – from Virgin, First Group, Hull Trains, and National Express – refused to cough up the info, infuriating the committee chair.

When Horton decided to speak up the others started throwing each other panicky looks.

Beads of sweet began forming on the forehead of First Group’s Paul Furze-Waddock (it’s his real name, honest) while I thought Virgin’s Graham Leech (the irony) was going to spontaneously combust.

Leech’s head started twitching and he chewed his bottom lip while he twisted his neck round to stare at the other bosses.

None of them would say what their most expensive fare was, having hiked their prices well beyond inflation earlier this year.

4 comments:

Oldrightie said...
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Oldrightie said...

Are they part of a bank? No, can't be, they have stolen passengers cash through greed but managed to keep some of it! Profit good, greed bad.

Ivor Dunmoanin said...

Lobbydog,

Some advice please. Can Mandelson and Vince Cable both be speaking sense at the same time?

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article5667185.ece

It makes me nervous when politicians reveal some integrity. Which MPs can we trust? Names in the frames please...we want to believe that some went into politics for the right reasons. There must be a few left on the benches with a properly functioning moral compass.

Cheers
Ivor X
Ivor Dunmoanin of www.wannabepm.blogspot.com

PS Polly says I can't be a follower until I've had my beard trimmed. Are you a real ale drinker?

Lobbydog said...

Ivor,
How's the beard? Lobbydog is known to appreciate the odd pint or two. When there's a bar at the end of the corridor it's difficult not to.
As for moral compasses, they work just like real compasses which get all muddled when you introduce different magnets.
The higher one climbs up the political ladder the more magnets seem to pop up in life, pulling compasses this way and that.
In terms of Mandy talking sense - note that he doesn't say excessive bonuses are wrong, only that they will look bad.
Generally MPs talk sense when it suits them, as it does in this case. It would obviously be political suicide to say bankers deserve more money.
But if you want to find one that talks sense, has an intact moral compass and doesn’t play sneaky games, you have to look further than the front benches.
How much an MP rebels can be a sign of integrity – it means they won’t change their own views for good favour with the leadership.

Ps You know you and Polly want to be lobbydoggers.

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