Andrew Adonis, another former Liberal Democrat, is ploughing money into our rail infrastructure in order to upgrade stations that have been ‘left behind.’
Now personally I think this is a good idea, and knowing the North West well some of the stations could do with some work to do them up, except that I think Warrington Bank Quay had a lot of money spent on it recently, including the ‘No Kissing Sign’ fiasco but, let’s for a moment wonder what life would be if I was a little bit more cynical.
There are 10 stations being identified as part of the upgrade, and they are:
- Manchester Victoria
- Clapham Junction
- Warrington Bank Quay
- Wigan North Western
- Liverpool Central
Now these stations are all very important parts of the rail network, but let’s think about it for a moment.
Manchester Victoria is represented by Tony Lloyd (Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party), Clapham Junction is represented by Martin Linton (Labour majority of 163), Crewe (will be a Labour target to regain at the election), Barking is where the Labour party will be trying to fight off the BNP leader, Nick Griffin. Stockport was held the Tories in the 1980s, Warrington Bank Quay is in a target constituency for the Liberal Democrats and Luton has two marginal seats where Labour is defending against the Conservatives.
Now, as I said, I am not cynical but on my reckoning all the stations are in:
- Labour Seats
- Marginal Seats
- Seats Labour want to regain (only Crewe)
- Or Tony Lloyd is the MP
But it’s all OK, because I’m not cynical!
(The phrase ‘only in the marginal constituencies’ comes from Yes Minister/Prime Minister when used to describe the nature of public spending before an election.)