Is Grayling the worst Secretary of State for Transport ever?

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  1. Edders23

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    was it Lord Adonis who showed his great wealth of railway knowledge when he got on a tube train and asked where the buffet car was ?
     
  2. yorksrob

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    I think Fraser was as bad as Marples because he blinkardly stuck to Marples's policy, even though his Government had been elected to change it.

    Whilst Castle did do a lot of damage, and arguably didn't change policy nearly enough, she did at least change policy to the extent of enabling the maintenance of railways in rural areas for social reasons, and as importantly urban areas outside of London. Had that change in policy not been implemented, the consequences for transport in the country as a whole, and in particular for urban areas would have been dire.

    The breathyliser was also a step forward.
     
  3. furnessvale

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    I think Lord Adonis was a mere twinkle in his dad's eye when that particular anecdote first saw light of day!
     
  4. Busaholic

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    But did he ask the right person i.e. the flunkied footman who guards each door of the tube train?:lol:
     
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    In the wake of the Seabourne Freight farce and renewed calls for Grayling to quit, I thought it would be remiss not to revisit this thread.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politic...y-fiasco-seaborne-freight-transport-secretary

    I think the rail community has to ensure cancelled electrification stays high on the rap-sheet against the man, as this would add pressure for a new broom to overturn these decisions.

    As for what Grayling might want to consider doing with the money that would have been budgeted for Seabourne, might I suggest the airline Flybe is for sale and the current offer is only 1p per share? Hypothetically, owning a fleet of turboprop aircraft capable of operating from secondary airfields with shorter runways might be handy if, say, a political class needed to evacuate itself and its friends in a hurry from a country that has descended into anarchy. Just sayin'
     
  6. Cardiff123

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    Here' the main section of the story for anyone interested:
    Of course TM has 'full confidence' in him, she's got no one else left to replace him! He ticks all the right boxes - he's a Brexiteer and a May loyalist. So with one of the biggest political crises the UK has ever seen approaching in the next 6 weeks I don't see him going anywhere. However in 'normal' political times he would be gone this weekend. What a mess the country is in that Grayling stays in govt just because he ticks boxes not because he's actually capable of doing the job.
     
  7. 433N

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    ^^^
    Of course, much of what you have said about Grayling applies to May too.

    In 'normal' political times she would be gone by now.
    What a mess the country is in that May stays in govt just because the Tories cannot put up anyone better, not because she's actually capable of doing the job.
     
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    Add to that we have the worst opposition in living memory as well - Labour should be miles ahead in the opinion polls.
     
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    Failing Grayling is the worst, followed by Nicolas Ridley he gave us the shambles we now have on the buses by the 1986 Bus deregulation act.... The day the act come into force was 26th October 1986.....

    SC 43090
     
  10. 433N

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    I am really struggling to understand what this has to do with the issue at hand.

    It seems a common response these days.

    "The Tories are rubbish"
    "Labour are worse"
    "No, they are not"
    "Yes, they are"
    ...

    No one knows how good Labour would be in government. No one.
     
  11. bramling

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    Whilst Corbyn’s opposition has got a bit better over time, the fact that no one really knows his Brexit policy among other things is pretty bad. Bashing the government is okay for an opposition, but a viable government-in-waiting needs to offer more.

    Meanwhile the prospect of a government filled with the likes of McDonnell, Abbott and Lammy doesn’t seem to appeal to people. Can’t think why that might be!...
     
  12. Shaw S Hunter

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    It reflects the general lack of confidence held by so much of the general public in politicians full stop. I was surprised to hear of members of the loyalist community in NI saying that they despair of the DUP despite, apparently, having elected them. When normal political affinity in NI is breaking down you there's a real problem. And it's difficult to see a way out...
     
  13. Cardiff123

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    Most likely because of the rabidly right wing press that we have in this country that has been poisoning people's mind's when it comes to Corbyn and his shadow cabinet since the day he was elected as Labour leader in 2015.
    I happen to think that David Lammy is a superb politician when it comes to calling out May's government - whether it's on Windrush or Brexit. Of course if you're a Leaver or a Tory you'll disagree with me.
     
  14. Busaholic

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    I wonder why you put David Lammy's name in there - hardly a Corbynista, and very out of favour with that wing of the party. He'd not be offered a cabinet post by a Corbyn/McDonnell cabal.
     
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    He's developed a hell of a lot since his early days in Parliament: personally, I'd like to have seen him selected as Labour's London mayoralty candidate. He'd make a much better fist than Sadiq Khan of both transport and policing imo and pin the blame for a lot of things on government underfunding which Khan appears mystifyingly reluctant to do.
     
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    that isn't the situation though is it? Grayling is useless at everything BUT being a shield for May. Look at the press. It is about Grayling being useless not how May is useless for appointing him! He clearly still has his uses

    Yep and Crobyn has a personal opinion rating of about -75. The worst ever for an Opposition leader.
     
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    Perhaps because those names are the *only* Labour politicians who go as far as being household names and having *any* kind of profile. One could perhaps add Ken Livingstone whom many also associate with Corbyn, and is one of the few other Labour politicians who has a profile - albeit nowadays generally for all the wrong reasons.

    Hardly a government-in-waiting.
     
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    I'm no fan of Corbyn, but apart from Cameron, Osborne and perhaps May, who were 'household names' in the shadow Tory cabinet before the 2010 general election?
     
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    He is a very good smokescreen. The ferries situation was a lot poor reporting by the media and it got Ramsgate port dredged for the cost of setting up the deal.
     
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    I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Paul Channon in this thread. A lot of John Prescott's rise to prominence came on the back of the fact that he had the good fortune to be Channon's shadow, and he duly spent a lot of time giving him an easy but well deserved kicking. Channon was the one who had a Spitting Image puppet with labels saying "arse" and "elbow" on the relevant bits of his body to help him remember.
     
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    That being John Prescott, the SoS for Transport who merged the role, and department, with others as it he didn't see it as important?

    Goodness me - Channon must have been truly atrocious...
     
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    Clegg? <(
     
  23. JamesT

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    Reading the last table in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Cabinet_of_David_Cameron there are a few more names I recognise. But it's hard to remember whether they're known for what they did after the election rather than before.
    William Hague and Ken Clarke would definitely fit as well-known. Possibly Liam Fox and Oliver Letwin?
    Finally, although he resigned from the shadow cabinet before 2010, I think David Davis would count as well known from his unsuccessful leadership bid and his time as shadow Home Secretary, which does tend to have a higher profile than many other shadow posts.
     
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    They have Dianne Abbot! The one person more incompetent than Grayling!
     
  25. A Challenge

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    Clegg wasn't in the pre-2010 cabinet though?
     
  26. HH

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    That's why there's the "devil smiley"...
     
  27. bringbackcrouc

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    One of the advantages of having Grayling there is that he appears to be committed to HS2. If another SoS comes in, they’ll have to be convinced f it’s benefits.

    That said, could someone advise me if HS2 is too far along to be cancelled?
     
  28. Peter Mugridge

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    Chris Grayling is also convinced of the need to re-establish something like the Strategic Rail Authority to stop the DfT from micro-managing everything.
     
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