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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 2002, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Brits - anyone else who cares (which is probably no-one) - Should Stephen Byers Go?

Should he go? Now that's a different poll altogether.

My personal opinion is that even if you forget all the shenanigins going on with Jo Moore and Stephen Sixsmith (which is yawnsome and frankly shows the Tories in a new "adult" light when it comes to petty squabbles).... the fact remains that the man is ABSOLUTELY CRAP AT HIS JOB!!!!

Can you name one good thing he's done for transport in the UK??? He fucked-up Railtrack (which admittedly was pretty fucked-up already), but - BUT! - he's got absolutely no idea about what should replace it.

Now we discover that he is weak, ineffectual, and allows Civil Servants to dictate to HIM, when and what kind of TERMS they're gonna go! Absolutely pathetic!!! God at this rate we should bring back John "Southpaw" Prescott and his 'uber-portfolio'.

Should he stay or should he go?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 2002, 09:19 PM
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Should he go? Heck yes!

The man's totally incompetant, if he can't do his job, he should get out and let someone else take over. (but who?)
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 2002, 09:31 PM
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The governments transport policy is a mess, no doubt...but I don't think there are realsitic solutions that will please the public...

The latest notion of congestion charges, whose money goes direct to public transport is a noble idea. Ken Livingstone is the first to try it out... but people won't stand for it. People want a great transport sytem but won't pay for what can be done?

Byers isnt much good at his job, but there a few others in the cabinet of whom the same could be said...the key problem with the government is not that it lacks good ideas, but that it lacks the courage to be unpopular in order to do the right thing.

The whole civil servant thing is a mess too, but not one with much substance behind it. Its ironic that the Conservatives main beef with Byers is that he refused to prop up Railtrack any of his few good decisions. The Tories are in no position to lecutre Labour as it is they who sold the Rail System of on the cheap, after years of under-investment leaving chaos...which Labour has been too timiid to really tackle.

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I agree with what Chris said and you as well Freedesigner but there needs to be more accountability, like the things that go on with govt. spending just wouldn't happen in the Private Sector. There's this philosophy of agh well we will try better, but in the meantime they have wasted millions of taxpayers money.

But there is only so much money but it needs to bbetter spend and managed and the private sector has to come to the fore and take some of its share of the responsibility. In answer yes Byers should go, he is crao at his job and as Chris said there are many others, u need people in there who will change the system and ruffle a few feathers and also there are far too many civil servants running the show, get Claire Short or Mo Mowlam in there to sort it out.

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