Tuesday, November 06, 2007
"It seems to me it is, in the literal sense of the word, an extraordinary situation in which we find ourselves..."
Those of you that have been following this farce that calls itself a Public Inquiry know the drill by now. The Public Inquiry re-convened today. So, right on cue, the Highways Agency admit that even more of their figures are wrong. Over to the Inspector, John Watson:
Yesterday the Programme Officer had a telephone call from
Louise McCawley, who I understand works for the
Highways Agency. She told him and asked him to tell me, which
is why I am mentioning it now, that more errors had been
found in the traffic modelling and that there may be a delay
in presenting the Environmental Statement later than
30th November. I know nothing more about this. (p.3, line 22)
'lah-de-dah' Charles Calvert for the Highways Agency professed his client's complete incompetence (or wilful tactical ploys...):
it is nigh impossible for us to achieve the date that was set at the last meeting. (p.4, line 10)
And guess what? This also means that their amended evidence, submitted since the last adjournment, is now invalid. Great.
John Watson's view on this (and a priceless quote):
It seems to me it is, in the literal sense of the word, an extraordinary situation in which we find ourselves (p.9, line 21)
Do you think he's pissed off with this charade? He must be at least simmering. But he went on to say that 'the rules' can cope with this situation. The bourgeoisie will always cling to their 'rules' when all else is clearly lost.
The fact of the matter is that the State, represented here by the Highways Agency and their local manifestation TMBC, is playing a game to frustrate the Objector's case. They clearly do not want to the evidence to be heard, but the cold hard fact is that the longer this thing stretches on, the more diminished the resources of the 'official' opposition become.
This is now an all but official war of attrition.