The Conservative government has often been accused of making up its policies on the back of a cigarette packet so perhaps it’s no surprise that the ferry-free freight company hired to provide a service following a “no deal” Brexit seems to have cut-and-pasted its terms and conditions from a takeaway website.
Seaborne Freight was awarded a £13.8 million contract to ease the pressure on Dover when Britain pulls out of the EU – despite never having run a Channel service.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling insisted the company had been properly vetted before being chosen, but now we find the terms and conditions on its website appeared to have been lifted from a takeaway delivery service.
The ‘placing an order’ section stated that “it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure delivery address details are correct and detailed enough for the delivery driver to locate the address in adequate time.
“You must always provide a valid contact number and email when ordering online. Please provide additional delivery instructions in the relevant section on our checkout page. In the event that your address cannot be found, undelivered orders will be chargeable.”
I hope you’re laughing. This is very funny indeed, especially if you don’t like the Tories and their corrupt little deals. And of course, you’re paying for it so you might as well have a giggle.
And The New European has found other incongruities:
- Its log-in portal redirects directly to Google’s home page;
- Neither of the listed phone numbers appear to be manned, with both stating ‘there is no one available to take your call’ and offering no chance to leave a message;
- Other features, such as language settings, are only for show and cannot be clicked; and
- Despite Mr Grayling saying they are on track to run services from April, the firm’s recruitment page is currently empty.
The (apparently borrowed?) terms and conditions appear to have been changed but can still be seen via online archiving services.
This is turning into a big – and frankly hilarious – scandal at exactly the time the Tories least wanted it; right before the big Parliamentary vote on Theresa May’s so-called Brexit “deal”.
Perhaps Seaborne should have adopted a well-known advertising slogan from someone else, too:
“Providing a nonexistent ferry service if there’s a no-deal Brexit – £13.8 million; humiliating ourselves and the corrupt Tories – priceless.”
"But why is the Department for Transport issuing statements on behalf of Seaborne Freight?" …… Simple Answer – The takeaway doesn't open until 7pm. pic.twitter.com/m5nJ97kGoz
— One eighth of a mile (@EighthOfAMile_) January 3, 2019
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