John Craces sketch: Transport complaints run to strict timetable
Patrick McLoughlin is ever alert to blockages in the nations arteries
With many of its mainline services currently behind schedule, the governments branch line minister came to the Commons to show everyone how a timetable should work. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin understands all too well that you can make a cancer patient wait weeks for an appointment, but if its standing room only on commuter services from St Albans, then there will be hell to pay.
On most days, the bowler-hatted McLoughlin can be found in his office staring balefully at a screen providing him with round-the-clock updates on the nations road and rail networks. Sometimes the Fat Controller is happy. The M6 contraflow south of Stafford is running freely. Sometimes the Fat Controller is sad. The 11.03 to Clacton is on time. How many more times must I tell Thomas to slow down? Yet the Fat Controller is ever alert to blockages in the nations arteries. If not his own. At least thats the image he would have you believe at transport questions.
Source: Guardian Transport