Go to Bed in Scotland and Wake up in – er Scotland

‘Go to bed in Scotland, wake up in Paris under new rail plans’

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” (Alice from Alice in Wonderland)

Well, it’s not a plan, is it?  Not even a proposal. It’s the Alice in Wonderland mutterings of a Labour Charlie.

I agree with Scottish Labour’s transport spokesman, Charlie Gordon, that we should be able to get – ‘on a train in Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Dundee or Edinburgh and get off in Paris or Brussels, without having to change’ however this is not going to happen within the foreseeable future.

Labour’s Charlie is concerned  about train services stopping at London.  Frankly in the north of Scotland, not the far north, just the north, we would be happy to see trains run reliably north of Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Think you might make that happen Charlie?  Not a snowball chance in hell.

Charlie is nothing if not impatient – calling for a direct rail link to be set up between Scotland and Paris for the next Scotland – France rugby international.  Don’t think that’s realistic Charlie. Scotland plays France in Paris of February 5th this year so don’t hang around on any station platforms just yet.

Having used the wardrobe-dimension sleepers I am all in favour of having them replaced with something more customer friendly but like the rest of Charlie’s spoutings on the subject of rail improvements, well they belong in lala land.

When the talking teapot, Charlie Gordon, mentions that it ‘is physically possible’ to build modern trains capable of international travel does he mean technically possible or are we talking big blokes here?

When he states that to enable crossing the Channel by rail we ‘would need access to the Channel Tunnel lines’ well who could argue with that?   Not wrong there Charlie.  Make the journey smoother at least. Were it to happen. Which it won’t .

I’m a bit nervous about Charlie’s reference to ‘mixed loads’ of passengers.  Some people Charlie, I just don’t want to spend hours locked in a carriage with – no hard feelings, huh?

Did ScotRail sound like they were up for this?  What do you think Charlie?

To think these vacuous warbling were committed to paper by The Scotsman’s Political Correspondent, Scott Macnab.

What do you have to do to get decent journalism in this country?

“And the moral of that is: Be what you would seem to be, or if you’d like it put more simply: Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.” (Duchess from Alice in Wonderland)


Who is this Charlie?



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