Monday, 19 July 2010

Transport Ministers we could learn from

When there was a bad rail accident and several fatalities in Ghana a few years ago, the Transport Minister's first action was to visit the scene to pour a libation of palm wine to appease the spirits of the dead.

Now the Indian Transport Minister has announced instant compensation of 5 lakhs of rupees AND a railway job-for-life to the next of kin of those killed in last week's Indian rail accident.

Somehow it all makes announcing a five-year long official enquiry to an almost empty Commons chamber, as is our practice here after a rail crash, look rather anaemic.

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