Post by snoggle on Feb 15, 2018 0:07:51 GMT
Yes - depending on your viewpoint re policy, outcomes, funding etc etc. There are always choices, there are always consequences to decisions. The decisions will always be "justified" in some official form in line with legislation / statutory powers but politics and the stance of individual ministers will always figure. Plenty of people viewed the decision of Stephen Byers to replace Railtrack was nakedly political and damaged those who held shares in Railtrack. He also ran into trouble over trying to "smear" Bob Kiley over Tube PPP issues. Graham H has regaled us with endless tales on here and elsewhere of the actions and views of different ministers he worked with - plenty of evidence there.
I can't recall where he made his recent remark about CR2 but Mr H said that requesting repeated "independent reviews" was a classic govt move when it wanted to kill something off. Mr Grayling will, of course, always say that he is merely trying to protect the national purse in respect of CR2 and ensuring "value for money for taxpayers" and that "a proper balance of funding sources" is in place and that "the right scheme" is taken forward.
What we seem to be seeing a classic battle over scope, cost, benefits and funding. We were here for 30+ years with Crossrail and probably 25+ years for a large scale Thameslink scheme. The fact TfL are trying to get CR2 through in about a decade must be viewed as sheer provocation by some in government - especially as CR1 has yet to finish, to carry a fare paying passenger or prove its worth. You don't need much imagination (or excessive viewing of Yes Minister) to imagine the "arguments" being put forward in the DfT and Treasury about not wanting a mad dash to build CR2. There are also just a "few" other issues preoccupying government at present but that's not for here.