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Friday 30 October 2020

Shaun Bailey Doesn’t Have A Scooby

He wants to become Mayor of London. But Tory hopeful Shaun Bailey’s attacks on Labour incumbent Sadiq Khan have got him nowhere and embarrassed his own party, such has been their crass ineptitude. Now he has hit on the idea of throwing money at a project that is outside London. Yes, he wants Transport for London to pay someone else’s bills.

Shaun Bailey - not so hopeful

Not surprisingly, this is proving to be a campaign destined to develop not necessarily to his advantage, especially after he echoed the dishonest Tory claim that TfL was “effectively bankrupt”. Now he wants that same TfL to find the odd hundred million or so to help out one of his fellow Tories outside London, by paying for some new railway infrastructure.

As any fule kno, railway infrastructure is not cheap. But Bailey was not downhearted, putting together a video where he told “I’ve just been hosted by Dean Russell, who’s the MP for Watford. He and his constituents are very worried about the closure of Watford station … When Boris Johnson was the Mayor, he left the money behind to make sure this station, and the extension, actually happened, so that Watford and London would be closely linked, as lots of people commute”. And there was more.

But under Sadiq Khan’s poor management of TfL’s finances, this station is now under threat. It’s just another example of how Sadiq Khan has failed to deliver transport across London and the wider region … I have a plan to fix transport in London and stations like this will be rescued wherever possible. But I want to make a challenge to Sadiq Khan. It’s time to stop blaming the Government and deliver transport”. Ready for the fisk?

Here we go. One, there are at present no plans to close Watford station (the Metropolitan Line terminus). Two, the extension - to Watford Junction - would almost certainly mean that station WILL close. Three, Watford and London are already connected by a more direct and faster link between Watford Junction and Euston. Four, Khan’s management of TfL’s finances has little to do with any threat to that station. COS IT’S NOT IN LONDON.

And Five, the money Bozo left assumed the project to link the Met to Watford Junction - with a short stretch of new track and re-using the disused Croxley Green link - was way short of what will be needed. Hertfordshire County Council have declined to make up the shortfall. Because, like all councils, they too are strapped for cash (hello again Tories).

All of which makes Bailey’s trip to Watford a singularly pointless one. Parts of the London Underground - especially the Metropolitan - extend outside the Greater London area. That means it’s not for the Mayor to throw money at them. If he did, the Tories would be down on him like the proverbial tonne of bricks. That’s why Bailey is such an embarrassment.

And that’s why many Tories are already writing off his chance of winning next year. You don’t impress voters by prioritising someone else’s problems. And then lying about them.

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David Walsh said...

Watford, along with some odd bits of Surrey, was originally going to be in the new GLC for when it was set up in 1965, but the local Tories raised such a stink that the ministers in the Alec Douglas-Home Government, whose brainchild the GLC was, backed down and kept them in their leafy isolation. 55 years on, tough titty.

Anonymous said...

He's a tory.

If people don't know where that leads after 40 years of deliberately inflicted poverty, corruption, thievery and warmongering....then they deserve all they get - which of course will be fuck all except the same horror worsened.

Jonathan said...

What's the point of throwing more money at rail infrastructure when a) Rail travel has fallen during the pandemic. b) Rail operating at below normal levels due to pandemic.
C) Best to hold off for a while to see how virus pans out, but Shaun sensing his chances of becoming mayor somewhere between slim and your having a laugh mate..so goes full Boris.

Poor Shaun,taken for a ride by the Tories, yet he can't see it, poor fella.

Ferdy Fox said...

Just another waste of space proving what a waste of space he really is.
And also how easily he can spend other peoples money whilst lying about it.
Obviously a candidate for a top job in the Tory party. After all there is a precedent.
Think idiot, liar, willingness to spend money which doesn't belong to him, tendency to blame others................he should go far..............preferably.