All yesterday morning the BBC were happily "reporting" that a "British lead consortium" had won the contract to supply new trains and that this would create "12,500" jobs in the UK. Almost immediately bloggers were pointing out that this was not the case; that the British lead consortium had been Japanese lead until very recently and that there would not be 12,500 jobs created. The BBC kept on pushing the Labour government line.
This morning I see that even the BBC have had to report the truth about the "leadership" of the consortium and the credibility of the jobs claim.
As the work has been given to Hitachi and the Japanese economy is in dire straits, I would expect the number of jobs allocated to the UK to reduce as "the situation develops".
This Labour government's record on negotiating commercial contracts is woeful, they seem to have almost no business acumen or understanding of the real world.
Back to the title of this piece; I see that the BBC have chosen not to link their new piece on this matter back to their articles yesterday that lauded the project as British. It is as though they never existed - "We've always been at war with Eastasia" - The BBC is well on the way to becoming the Ministry of Truth (Mini-true, in Newspeak), the branch of the government responsible for the production and dissemination of all information. I wonder where the "Winston department" is whose job is to "rectify" all past news articles which have since been "proven" to be false?
Yolande and the Dragon
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