Eurostar sell-off: Isn’t this interesting?

Just seen on Twitter:
It seems the Conservatives just can’t resist getting a last few bits of corruption under their belts before the end.

If Labour gets into office, Ed Miliband should declare such contracts void on the basis that they may have been made corruptly.

What do you think?

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  1. aussieeh March 4, 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    There should be barristers looking into shenanigans like these if only to see just how legal they are,or if there could be a case for insider trading of some sort. In any moral world it would be classed as corruption. Britain today where Murder,Theft,Paedophilia,Fraud, Perjury, Treason, any form of corruption is acceptable in the so called upper echelons of society, and where Honor Truth and Justice count for nothing.

    • hugosmum70 March 5, 2015 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      maybe they in power today in Westminster have only read books about how to rule that were written in/or about the 16th/17th century??? a list like that above is no different to a list that could be drawn up about the courts and parliament in those times. they dont realise we are living 4-5 centuries after those times.

  2. Nigel Harman March 4, 2015 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Agree 100% I hope Ed Miliband will declare contracts like this and others this government has signed frozen pending investigation or null and void

    • John Gaines March 5, 2015 at 10:17 am - Reply

      First catchee Monkey;

      To add to the Labour leader’s humiliation, Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman bowed out on Wednesday night claiming polls show he ‘has about as much appeal as a flatulent dog in a lift’.
      The only time Ed takes his foot out of his mouth, is to give it a rest, and Balls is no better. Be honest would you trust him with the Economy, his track record is appalling,besides. he is an bully Boy with an overinflated ego.

      We’re Doomed I tell ye, doomed.

      • Mike Sivier March 5, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

        Ed Miliband? Don’t you mean David Cameron?
        In case you haven’t noticed, Miliband has trounced Cameron in all their recent clashes.
        We might be doomed if misguided ideas like yours are the norm.

  3. Mr.Angry March 4, 2015 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    It’s the only thing the tories know corruption so nothing new here, let us see what else happens in the limited time period they have left, IDS is pushing his UC as much as he can albeit a disaster. Lets keep a close eye on the NHS shower of overpaid criminals.

  4. Steve Pearce March 4, 2015 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Agree whole heartedly with both above views. It would be even more interesting if the other dodgy sales, such as the Royal Mail, could also be frozen and investigated. Being a cynic I would have every sale made by the Tories investigated.

    • Mike Sivier March 5, 2015 at 12:36 am - Reply


      • John Gaines March 5, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

        City AM

        Bureaurat view:

        “Lord Paul Deighton is commercial secretary to the Treasury, says Yes

        There is no value in government owning assets that it doesn’t need to. It ties up resources that could be used for other objectives, like investing in new infrastructure or paying down debt. Eurostar is such an asset. It is managed on a commercial basis and will continue to be. Last October, we launched the sale of our holding, receiving over 20 expressions of interest from investors across the world. At the time, the shares were valued in our accounts at £325m. We announced yesterday that we signed an agreement with Canadian and UK investors to sell our shares for £585.1m – 80 per cent higher than the initial valuation. This was driven by the quality of the business and the highly effective competitive process we ran. We will also receive £172m for our preference share – delivering £757.1m in total. This strong result allows us to reduce debt and brings more private investment into our infrastructure. It is an excellent result for the taxpayer.

        The Truth:

        Dr Richard Wellings is head of transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs, says No

        The sale of Eurostar is a terrible deal for the taxpayer. It is only possible because the government subsidises loss-making high-speed commuter services to Kent and this funding now pays a high proportion of the infrastructure costs of High Speed 1. Five years ago, taxpayers also spent around £800m (in current prices) bailing out Eurostar and its parent company. The massive losses accrued since the service started in 1994 were effectively written off. Passenger numbers have been over 60 per cent lower than originally forecast when the line was approved. It seems highly unlikely that Eurostar would have been commercially viable without these bailouts and hidden subsidies. Indeed, the sale may be viewed as a form of government borrowing in the sense that it relies on ongoing taxpayer support for the route over the long term. The receipts are of course miniscule compared with the estimated £11bn total cost of High Speed”

    • NMac March 5, 2015 at 7:39 am - Reply

      Agree wholeheartedly.

  5. paulrutherford8 March 4, 2015 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    I believe the correct description of the tories, ‘borrowed’ from the business world, is ‘Asset Strippers’.

    I wonder if there will be anything left at all come May?

  6. Jeffery Davies March 5, 2015 at 5:54 am - Reply

    I dearly hope they held to account for all their dodgy deals but being mps ministers its worst has they of all people should have nown its wrong but then would labour do the right thing and put it right

  7. NMac March 5, 2015 at 7:38 am - Reply

    This deal should most definitely be declared as corrupt, and therefore null and void. The Nasty Party is so steeped in corruption that it doesn’t know what honesty is.

  8. thomassutcliffe March 5, 2015 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Contracts such as this one most definitely should be declared null and void. I personally would not even bother to put the word “possible” in front of “corruption” when explaining why.

  9. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl) March 5, 2015 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Why sell it now when it is making a profit? Because the Tories know they will not be in power much longer to cream off the profits for themselves. The Tories have sold practically all the National assets to their cronies and there must surely be some recourse to rectify their errors and also to seek punishment in the courts for such mal-administration.

  10. Thomas March 5, 2015 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Like King Richard the First, this government would sell London if it could find a buyer.

    • BizzieLizzie March 5, 2015 at 10:32 am - Reply

      It probably already has, we just don’t know about it yet.

    • Lynda moss March 9, 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

      it already has sold housing in London to overseas millionaires, council rentals to big foreign businesses to fund overseas pensions.

  11. M de Mowbray March 5, 2015 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I honestly think that the Tory Party is currently more corrupt and divisive than ever before.

  12. jaypot2012 March 5, 2015 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Make all contracts like this null and void in the first month of the election should Labour win. Also, change a lot of the laws that have been brought in so that the rich always get the money. And yes, you can change laws.
    Stop sanctions with immediate effect and look into the benefit system in favour of the people on benefits.
    First thing to do – have IDS, McVey, Lord Fraud and Cameron arrested for Crimes Against Humanity. There are enough witnesses for these crimes.
    Hurry the UN to make their investigation known to the world.
    I’m not sure about Ed Balls, I think we need someone else?

  13. Dave Banks March 5, 2015 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Hermes investment is owned by the BT pension scheme.
    Lord Glendonbrook owns shares in Hermes. The handbag people.

  14. Suzanne March 9, 2015 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Completely agree that an investigation must happen. I also await the outcome of the investigation of Glasgow City Council, where ‘dodgy’ dealings are allegedly commonplace.
    Time will tell…

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