London’s fire engines are now owned by one man – an old Etonian
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Boris to buy water cannons after selling off London's fire engines for just £2.
The most amazing thing aboutLondon's fire engines being sold off for just £2 to a firm run by just one man* – an old Etonian just like David Cameron and Boris Johnson incidentally – is how nobody seems all that bothered by it.
Maybe most people haven't heard about it.
Maybe people have got so used to our country being turned into some kind of banana republic, where everything's owned by the leader's circle of friends, that they don't think it's news worthy any more.
Or maybe people just don't care about what happens to our essential services like fire, police, health etc?
I don't know. But, maybe it should be repeated just one more time, just in case it's the first reason.
London's fleet of fire engines have been sold off to a private company for just £2. The company was only created one month ago, and has one sole director, Sir Aubrey Thomas Brocklebank (I know that looks like a made-up name but it's not).
Nobody knows what Sir Aubrey is planning to do with his fire engines. His previous business experience mainly consisted of being chairman of a company which owns and runs bingo halls so maybe he's going to put them to good use as mobile bingo calling centres, to replace the mobile libraries we used to have.
Or maybe he's going to use them as ornamental fountains on his vast estate?
The weird thing is that no-one seems to know.
Does anyone even care any more?
Please share if you think this information should be more widely known. Thanks.
*Some people have pointed out the contract is for maintenance of the fire engines. However, the maintenance contract includes ownership of the fire engines themselves.
This article was written by Tom Pride and it was first published in his blog http://tompride.wordpress.com/