Also details of how the Government have spent £15 million on *City*consultants to advise them on the contractual issues concerning the Bombardier contract was revealed in a series of parliamentary questions and written answers about the contract, before MPs broke up for their summer holidays. It cost the British taxpayer £15 million in consultancy fees for this company to tell us we must award the contract to the German company at the risk of the loss of 3.000 jobs!
This Tory-led Government are already been accused of betraying other British workers over the government's decision to renege on a deal to loan Sheffield Forgemasters £80 million, a decision that saw that company lose vital orders to South Korea to supply parts that would have put the British company at the forefront of green nuclear technology. Now the Tory-led government are endangering other British workers by awarding a contract to Siemens of Germany in a deal that will virtually kill off Britain’s last train-maker.
Not only will 1,400 jobs lost at Bombardier but this number will be more than doubled by those culled in firms dependent on the company.
Where will these chassis be manufactured if Siemens cannot make them, will this work have to be outsourced and if so to whom?
If thousands of workers lose their jobs with little hope of getting another in and around Derby, then how will this affect the economy in increased benefit payouts and a reduction in tax receipts? What impact will there be on the local economy that rely on Bombardier workers for their trade?
The RMT have now urged the public finances watchdog the National Audit Office to include the £13million plus VAT paid to advisers in its investigations into the contract debacle.
Questions need to be asked about this Government's competence, they seem incapable of doing anything from NHS reforms, welfare reforms, to awarding contracts and selling off our national heritage in industry and forestry without causing fear, concern and genuine anger and distress.
This is the company that our Government have awarded a contract to and in the process risking thousands of BRITISH jobs and all on the say so of a firm of consultants they paid almost £15 million.
Why did the government have to hire a *CITY* consultancy company to tell them where to award British jobs? It is an outrageous waste of taxpayers money. Everyone knows that the Tory party has become reliant on thier friends in the City and is also heavily indebted to the City who have bankrolled the Tory party to the tune of around £12 million (at least).
There is something very odd about this whole debacle, I would say it needed investigating, however the country's two top policemen have resigned and others in Cleveland have been suspended under suspicion of corruption.
The Government's decision in this contract now looks hopelessly compromised on several key points, the contract should be halted and a re-think ordered immediately.
The country is falling to bits, the economy is all but sunk, the government that awarded Siemens the contract are now sunning themselves abroad on luxury holidays. In barely 15 months this Tory government have managed to wreck the economy, wreck public services, cause mayhem in the NHS, cause chaos and confusion in education, cut police numbers by thousands, compel disabled people to live in fear and cause some to commit suicide and others to threaten to. Totally wreck the welfare system which now has people being made homeless because they do not earn enough money. They have cut funding to organisations that help people deal with their debt. They have cut funding to organisations which help the victims of domestic violence,They have started another war in Libya which we cannot win. they have used tactics of "divide and rule" where they have pitted person against person, neighbour against neighbour, causing ill-feeling and hostility between workers and neighbours where previously there was none and they have totally demonised public sector workers to the point where they get abused simply for working for the government. they have managed to cause teachers to strike, who have never taken industrial action before.
I dread to think what position we will be in next year, this government is abusing its power and is truly out of its depth and extremely dangerous.
Just what is going on in this country? We seem to be rudderless and drifting from one government made catastrophe to another! Giving new and more critical meaning to the old saying - "Same Old Tories"!
Welcome to Tory Britain in 2011 - things will only get worse!