Chris Grayling: Look at those vacant eyes and the twitchy half-smile – he’s a Conservative cabinet minister, all right!

They don’t call him “Failing Grayling” for nothing!

Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, is facing a hot time after thousands of trains were cancelled or seriously delayed on Govia Thameslink Railway and Northern rail services.

A new timetable was introduced last month but it has caused huge disruption for commuters.

Mr Grayling is responsible because he approved the unworkable timetable, even though Network Rail had expressed concern.

Not only that, he had also demanded cuts in spending on planning.

The companies concerned have stated that they did not have enough planning time because of major engineering works.

So it seems clear that responsibility for this fiasco falls on Mr Grayling.

Of course, he is trying to blame the rail companies who were trying to carry out his orders.

MPs from across the Commons knew exactly who to blame, and tore metaphorical chunks out of Mr Grayling in an ill-tempered debate on Monday (June 4).

Adding insult to injury, Mr Grayling was to hold meetings with MPs whose constituencies were affected by the cancellations – but the time available was so over-subscribed that – guess what – some of them had to be cancelled.

And it is in this atmosphere that Mr Grayling announced plans for a third runway to be built at Heathrow Airport.

The proposal has split the Conservative Party in Parliament and the government may have to rely on Labour and SNP votes to win the vote.

One wonders whether it is worth the bother. Knowing Mr Grayling, he’ll probably send the contractors to Scotland. There’s a “blasted heath” in MacBeth; he probably thinks that’s the location under discussion.

Needless to say, prime minister Theresa May has expressed her full confidence in Mr Grayling so he will undoubtedly be out of his job by the end of the month.

Source: MPs to launch inquiry into rail timetable chaos | UK news | The Guardian


Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoxPolitical/

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at http://voxpoliticalonline.com

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.


The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:

SWAHTprint SWAHTeBook