Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The hairy face of the establishment

It's probably entirely fortuitous that a conglomerate tasked with stripping public heath care assets has been spared the brand-tarnishing ignominy of being stripped of its train operating franchise. Comparison with FirstGroup would make anyone look good. This, combined with the total shambles of the franchise system may be sufficient explanation for t he abrupt u-turn.

But when Virgin Group's own corporate web site boasts of the organisation's 'unrivalled network of friends, contacts and partners', you can't help wondering whether a group that's enjoying a three-way romp with Jeremy Hunt, Jamie Oliver and Lord Sugar has simply become too big a part of the establishment to fail.