The government’s ‘bonfire of the banalities’ train policy is so like The Thick of It it’s uncanny

Because there is clearly nothing more important to do with its time, the government has announced it will cut the number of announcements people hear on trains and railway stations.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said passengers were ‘plagued by an endless torrent of repeated and unnecessary announcements’ in something he dubbed the ‘bonfire of the banalities’.

But don’t take our word for it, here’s the man himself, in surely the most cringeworthy thing you’ll see this week.

And it prompted no end of mockery, as you might imagine.

But the best spot – the very best spot – came courtesy of @AdamBienkov.


And finally, not forgetting this very important announcement.

Schoolboy error, Shapps.


Jack Monroe’s thread about the true cost of inflation ‘as it happens to people with the least’ is an important read

Source Twitter @transportgovuk Twitter @AdamBienkov