All the people who are gaining from the tram kit that they are installing into the city – mostly the Chamber of Commerce, the high-pressure selling FSB, highly paid TIE executives, persons in receipt of plain brown envelopes have gotten themselves into bed with the council on a quango called Open for Business.
Not happy with the backslapping they give each other, they have now decided to spend â‚¤100,000 of our money to go on a field trip around the country to tell everyone how they are ripping up our city centre.
On the same day that this high priced quango is quite happy to report that they commissioned a Mori poll that shows 78% of people questioned were not put off the city by immense disruption – they released the news that they intend to spend the aforementioned â‚¤100,000 to tell those same people that the city is open. Interestingly, the only statistic we received from the poll was the 78% and of course we never were allowed the questions.
What halfwit in the Chamber of Commerce (who have grabbed dibs on the quango) decided to put both of these releases not only very close together but on the same bloody day.
The totally public funded â‚¤100,000 two month, shopping centre tour will take in such delights as Dundee, Glasgow, Glenrothes, Livingston, Kirkcaldy and they even have the chukkies to want to set up in the Gyle shopping centre right here in the city. Remember this next time you look at your bank statement and see your community charge coming out of your hard earned cash.
Just to put one more kick square into the goolies of citizens, they are also having a gig down in Nottingham to see if any lessons can be learned from how that city coped with the disruption. So all this planning that went into it and now that they have dug up the roads they want to go to Nottingham to ask how they coped with the madness. Have these overpaid idiots never heard of a conference call? In fact, before they started digging up the roads would have been the best time for the conference call.
This is just the beginning of the trams fiasco.
The stupid comments from total dickheads:
Graham Birse, deputy chief executive of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Open For Business working group, said: “This is one of our first steps in getting the message over that the city and its shops, bars, hotels and restaurants are very much open for business. – only by the time they go round all the closed streets the shops will be closed and the bars, hotels and restaurants will be calling last orders.
Nigel Duncan, the vice-chairman of Edinburgh’s Federation of Small Businesses, said: “It is vital that we get the message out to people that Edinburgh is still as vibrant and interesting during tram construction as it has always been.” – It will be vibrant alright, millions of workers with dayglo vests sending traffic and people round and round in circles.
City leader Jenny Dawg said: “It’s always good to remind people of the superb destination on their doorstep and how easy it is to get here. – and when you get here you too can get wrapped up in traffic, roadworks and councillors asking for bungs.