The Dacre hackery has clearly decided that the sacking of ticket clerk Ian Faletto by South West Trains (SWT) is a bone it will not let go: another piece has now appeared on the affair, this time under the by-line of Julia Lawrence. As before, the culprit is “elf’n’safety”, and the claim that Faletto’s actions saved lives is restated.
The assertion that some kind of terrible accident would have happened, had the shopping trolley not been removed from the track, is bogus: Lymington Pier station, where the incident occurred, is approached by trains at just five miles an hour, for the very obvious reason that overshooting the buffer stop would mean ending up in the harbour.
Also, the suggestion that there was some kind of urgency about removing the trolley is equally bogus: the first train was not due for half an hour, and it would not have begun its journey from the junction station of Brockenhurst for another twenty minutes. And the Mail still cannot get the job title right: Faletto is first called a “conductor”, then a “stationmaster”. Neither title is correct.
Moreover, the Mail does not appear to realise that not only has Faletto been dismissed, but that his appeal against dismissal has been unsuccessful. So as far as SWT is concerned, the matter is closed. The protestations over how much effort Faletto put into his work, how much of his own money he spent on flowers, sweets and books, how many have signed the petition for his reinstatement, and what the local Tory MP thinks are to them not material.
One aspect of the affair, though, is not being trumpeted by the Daily Mail, and that is that of Ian Faletto’s religious preference. This may be thought an inconsistency, given that in the case of electrician Colin Atkinson, his Christian belief was trowelled on from the start. But Faletto is a Scientologist (website HERE), and on that, the Mail has a problem.
Scientology, which is not in the established mainstream of religions, is not part of the Middle England mindset of the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre, and so Mail readers have to be scared of it, hence a variety of frighteners (HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE, for instance). So in this case the Mail will not be trading on the “religious freedom in the face of aggressive secularism” angle.And, unlike the case in Wakefield, they may find it more difficult to get a photographer to barge into SWT’s offices, or send a hack to pore over the staff car park. The Mail may yet discover that there are limits to the aggression so memorably recorded by Nick Davies in Flat Earth News.