Minister of State for being an unpalatable shade of orange, Peter Vain, was in town yesterday making one of his stupid, posh foghorn-voiced announcements.
And what tremendous news he brings! Yet another Labour government subsidy, no less, for Bristol’s most hated firm, First Bus. Basically what will be happening is that we, the tax payer, will now pay for and provide the initial training to First’s drivers and in return they promise to give the trainees an interview.
It’s another nice little earner for the city’s most reviled and incompetent firm courtesy of their New Labour friends. First, as usual, pocket enhanced profits by dumping more costs on to the tax payer while continuing to provide their same old pisspoor failed service.
Of course the tax payer is already paying out multi-million subsidies to fund the firm’s staffing costs anyway through the tax credit system. First effectively pay rock bottom wages to their drivers knowing full well that New Labour will pick up the tab and provide the workers with a living wage.
In another piece of transport news, that no doubt will be an EXCLUSIVE in next week’s Evening Cancer, car drivers and commuters will be ecstatic to learn that Bristol City Council is raising long-stay parking charges by 25%. It’ll now cost £5 instead of four pounds to park in a city council car park in town for up to four hours and £10 instead of £8 to stay all day.
Naturally not all of Bristol City Council’s parking spaces will be subject to these charges that are allegedly designed to reduce congestion. Parking spaces for senior managers and councillors at the Council House, for instance, will continue to be free and now represent a £50 a week – or £2,600pa – tax free perk. (Which is actually worth £75 a week or £4.5k a year before tax – the amount we would have to earn to afford the council’s new charges to park our cars five days a week)
What an excellent example of leadership from the Council House. Presumably the city council’s managers’ and councillors’ cars aren’t the ones causing any of this congestion they’re so desperate to reduce then?