BLOG COMMENT - Branson's Bile
Submitted by Mike Platt on Thu, 2012-09-13 16:59. It is regretable that Richard Branson seems to have thrown all his toys out of the cupboard over the loss of his West Coast rail contract. I know he can be petulant but this is taking it to extremes. To my mind the process went that the government went out to tender, people bid, bids were evaluated and the successful candidates notified. Quite stanard and quite reasonable. Now I know the government ties itself up in rules and regulations which are further exacerbated by European legislation and this is what I presume Mr Branson is trying to manipulate. I personally have been through all this during the MOD travel tender and, although they thought about it, none of the other contenders considered they would gain in the long or short term by formally objecting to the process. For once I am four square behind the government on this. The fact that the man is Richard Branson should not be enough to drive anyone into a U-turn on such a decision based on price and service. If the successful bidder fails? Well then a review might be necessary and MR B will have his chance again.
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