A new government transport policy is almost literally straight out of The ...
A new government policy about rail announcements has been ridiculed for being almost exactly like something out of comedy The Thick of It.
In a tweet, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps made an announcement that he will be getting rid of unnecessary train announcements as part of the “Williams-Shapps” plan.
Shapps himself featured in a clip announcing the news, acting as a passenger on the train obscured by a newspaper.
He revealed himself and announced: “We’ve reviewed messages that are played on the tannoy system and where they add nothing but noise and irritation, we’re removing them.”
'...put unwanted newspapers in the bin...'\n\nThis is one example of the announcements that we're getting rid of, making the passenger experience better and delivering on the Williams-Shapps #PlanForRail. \n \nRead more on announcements we\u2019re removing \n\nhttps://www.gov.uk/government/news/unnecessary-train-announcements-binned-in-bonfire-of-the-banalities\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/xvp09Op4m9
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP)
Unfortunately for the transport secretary, it didn’t take Twitter users long to draw comparisons between the announcement and a real scene from the British government sitcom The Thick of It.