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A Damning Indictment - Transport Select Committee Report

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Well, I have to say I am stunned. Whilst we expected the TSC to be critical of the proposals for HM Coastguard I don't think any of us expected such a complete demolition job!

The report can be found here: [url="http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmtran/948/94802.htm"]My link[/url]

This is a complete vindication of the stance I and my colleagues have taken against these proposals and a complete trashing of the proposals in their entirity. I don't think I have ever read such a damning report.

I hope the Government will take heed of the recommendations and now do the honourable thing, withdraw them and, as the Committee has suggested, start again, this time involving the serving professional Coastguards who actually do the job on a day-to-day basis and who clearly have a level of professional expertise that should inform the whole process.

The MCA management have also come in for some stinging criticism, being called "arrogant" and standing accused of "miscalculating" and " mishandling" the entire consultation process. I hope that certain members of the management team, who have driven these proposals through as part of their own agenda serving their own egos, now also do the honourable thing and consider their positions.
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