Despite sending the Chief Executive of OFCOM a reminder about my email relating to the regulator’s ‘investigation' into the broadcast licence of RT I still have not had a reply. I guess I will have to rely on snail mail to deliver my next reminder. It seems OFCOM is not that brilliant at errr… communicating.
I heard Failing Chris Grayling (Sec. of State for Transport allegedly) on the Today programme this morning disclaiming responsibility for ‘running the railways.’ Just wait for a good news story about the railways and I bet he changes his tune. There is something about Failing Grayling which brings the whole government to mind.
The same government which today has declared it does not support the Swansea tidal barrier. Yes, they can support a new nuclear power plant at Hinckley, at enormous cost and risk to the taxpayer and huge benefit to the Chinese. But hey, what if the Moon falls down and we lose our tidal flows? What then? As with the government’s case for Heathrow runway three, it turns out that Theresa May is all gob and no muscle when it comes to climate change. Who does that remind me off? Boris Johnson of course, whose bravery does not actually extend to lying (lying?) in front of a bulldozer to stop the expansion. Well, he may convince some fools that he’s not cowardly shunned voting against the runway today, but I suspect there are no bulldozers in the ‘No’ lobby. They’ll appear later, and he will have ample opportunity to redeem himself.
When I was away a couple of weeks ago I received a parking ticket. The combined powers of North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council could not it seems rise to the challenge of giving seven days’ notice of a temporary parking restriction, to allow road repairs to take place. Naturally, I have appealed the Parking Notice Charge and await the result. From what I heard, the repairs consisted of a couple of sacks of tarmac being brought to the street and emptied into the potholes without much ado. The potholes needless to say will reappear in no time at all. What a shame I don’t live on the route of the so-called Tour de Yorkshire, where road surfaces are as smooth as a dinner plate. Still, who dares complain about this fantastic showpiece of our magnificent county, regardless of its cost to the Council Tax payer? Only ne’er do wells and nitpickers would say it’s a complete waste of public money and that local businesses might be more interested in paying for it.