Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spanish Practices

I have been listening to the wireless again. People are up in arms and getting annoyed with some of the nation's fine airports for introducing "fast tracking".

I can fully understand this. You turn up a few minutes late because even though you left early enough, some idiot jumped in front of the tube/had an accident on the motorway etc, see the security check queue is very long and start to get tetchy. There is a sign - "£2 to jump the queue" (or up to £6 depending where you are). You wave your money and get ushered through a door into the fast track lane. You give a sigh of relief only to find that the fast track queue, until now hidden from view behind a door, is three times as long as the one you've just left because everybody else has had the same idea. You miss the plane. Why not, your common sense asks, did they not just have two queues in the first place? This is the legacy of Thatcherism at it's most beautiful. Every single thing has a price, even ignorant queue jumping. Can we create a market? Yes. Is it moral, ethical or subscribe to accepted manners and common etiquette? No. Doesn't matter. Pay money to a greedy corporation for a "service" and get a service managed by incompetent twats in return even if there was no need for the service in the first place. Like the educational service company who sent the parents of a Macclesfield schoolgirl a letter saying their child's school attendence was poor and that she was jeopardising her chance to attend the end of year prom. The girl had died two months previously. The service company have no connection with school or its pupils. This was work previously done by the secretary.

Why are we surrounded by such crassness?

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Blogger KAZ said...

Spot on Richard.
We get used to the crap with the airlines - but the educational blunder is unforgiveable and on all today's news bulletins it doesn't put the blame where it belongs - i.e. on Capita Children's Services.
They are your 'incompetent twats' that now run the show. They are the same type of low life 'incompetent twats' who let the prisoners escape from those vans and tried to run railtrack.

Oh sorry - I always welcome change - of course!!

9:16 pm  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

Thank you, that was lovely.
I saw an article yesterday about young Charlie Windsor opening "The Thatcher Infirmary". I was tempted to write about the Shipman Geriatric Care Ward, and the Kyle Counselling Centre, but couldn't justify having a blog post with the word "cunt" appearing 385 times. In two sentences.

11:06 pm  
Blogger Rog said...

Crapita are Gordon Brown's worst legacy - privatisation has been almost total disaster and was only ever a cop-out to avoid dealing with over aggressive unions and their "Old Spanish Practises" and to convert Government Investment into long term Government debt which we will round our necks for decades.

11:17 am  
Anonymous Steve Dix said...

The latest in no-frills airline thinking, I imagine. Not only can they not be bothered to open another security area, they have the nerve to try to charge you for it.

12:41 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Kaz, yes, Crapita. Probably run by people with MBAs. I thought we had a socialist government.

Vicus, I saw that article. I had hoped that the wizened and dribbling old crone Charlie was accompanying in the associated picture was the first inmate but apparently she was some kind of folk hero. Probably to people with MBAs.

Rog. Almost in what sense? We now have the bizarre scenario of the "Competition Commission" asking BAA to sell off several airports yet allowing two or three companies to own all the bloody banks. Dare I guess what form of qualification these idiots possess?

1:14 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

You want to try queueing for any form of London transport these days. Its not money you need, its suits or armour and rugby training.
Think yourself lucky the queue was at least orderly!!

1:49 pm  

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