Sunday 29 November 2009 9.25pm
My French buddy would throw his hands in the air and exclaim how he couldn't understand how us English could put up with such terrible service. He would go on to say that if it happened in his home country the public would simply not put up with it; there would be riots in the streets! Twenty years later and nothing has changed.
I recall someone once saying that if our transport sytem was efficient, our comedians would go out of business. Sometimes it gets beyond a joke.
La plus ça change Chalkey, la plus ça change.
Your French copain was right, the English are world champion moaners but rarely can they be stirred to action, (poll tax riots being an exception).
There was a program on TV a week or so back that showed the virtually identical upgrade work being carried out on the Paris Metro as is being done on the Underground System here. The glaring difference being that the trains in Paris have not stopped running at all while the work is being done, there were shots of passengers alighting and walking around guys drilling holes on the platforms while in the background electricians were stringing cables along the walls.
The Health and Safety clowns would have a fit over here if they saw that!