The Tory Transport Secretary has brazenly condemned railway workers for today’s eye-watering increase in train fares, as rail fares increased to 3.2 per cent in what Jeremy Corbyn called a disgrace to passengers, despite punctuality at a 13-year low.
But Chris Grayling condemned rail operators three times in an interview, and he insisted the biggest factor behind the fare increases was pay pressure from the unions, as he told BBC Breakfast that he wished fares didn’t go up as well.
He also said that in reality, we peg fares to the level of inflation, a higher rate of inflation than he wished, but his question to Labour would be how can you take financial contributions from trade unions who have threatened a national strike if we move the rate of inflation on which the whole industry operates?
He continued that they want pay rises that are much higher than Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald was talking about, and that they threaten strike action across the country to get those pay rises.
Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald exploded Mr Grayling’s appalling record on industrial relations, and he questioned why the right-wing Tory wasn’t also attempting to curb pay increases for fat cat bosses at rail firms.
Mr McDonald stated that this was a feeble endeavour to split-shift the blame for Tory fares policies onto the staff who operate the railway, and in the Tory’s eyes, those representing the poor and the workers are the enemy, with those plutocrats who cream off vast taxpayers wealth, and then give a large part of it to the Tory party who are heroes.
But of course, this is Chris Grayling, the man with the Midas touch, and everything he touches turns to trash and declined to let the Mayor take over the declining rail overground services in London. Still, don’t be too harsh on the man, he’s the role model for middle-aged white men of limited intelligence all over the world, he’s also breathing proof that shit floats.
Something else that the failing Mr Grayling didn’t mention, this government are financially bailing out the rail companies whilst this debate goes on, therefore the government is responsible for extending this argument. Perhaps they hope that the strikers will be starved into submission, similar to the miner’s strike, but not quite so deadly.
So much for not taking sides in industrial disputes by the government, and the privatised rail services are given fortunes for failure to deliver, a little like Chris Grayling and the entire Tory government itself, but then that’s exactly like the typical Tories because it’s the private companies that are costing us, not the workers, and we have greedy chiefs.
This is the 21st century, but we’re pretending like it’s the 19th century and there are those that would like to see unions abolished, but without them, we’d be wandering about in rags, just like our ancestors did, and Chris Grayling is simply another example of Theresa May’s poor judgement, and he’s not fit to serve tea on any train.
Of course, it’s never their fault is it? The Tories are masters at redirecting the guilt onto everyone else but them. Remember who it was that privatised the Rail, Water, BT, Buses, Electricity and Gas, well, that worked out well, didn’t it?
I still don’t have any words for the Tory’s like Margaret Thatcher and others still buzzing in my ears, telling us how the competition was going to make everything so much better and affordable, plus the train service was going to be much more efficient when it was privatised.
The fact is that these public sector services were sold off at a fraction of their proper value to private companies who have over the years created a cartel who have systematically increased prices and fleeced customers. The moral of the story is, don’t believe a thing that comes from Tory politicians lips because loose lips sink ships!
Let’s face it, the brazen Tories blame the working classes, the unemployed, the old, the young, the penniless, the disabled and students for being alive. Why don’t the Tories go and do a little stint for free, doing voluntary work, instead of giving themselves a huge salary whilst their minions die on minimum wage?
But it’s the same shit, different Tory!