Why a single Super-Boat for passengers & freight would be an economic disaster:
Firstly, this leviathan would be much too large to get into the dry dock - therefore Penzance's first economic blessing from the Route Partnership would be the termination of the maintainance contract for Holmans.
Secondly; because freight is needed in the Scillies constantly, regardless of season or weather, the ship must sail even when no tourists wish to travel, therefore burning vast amounts of fuel, which, apart from further poisining the air, would of course drive ticket prices up, thus losing even more passengers!
There is also the safety issue of carrying poisins and explosives on a passenger ship.
Conversely, a two-vessel system, with a fast and modern ferry, would be flexible and could react to fluctuating demand - thus saving considerable fuel costs and cutting down on cruise-time, which for most land-lubbers is seen as an advantage!
We could well end up with a ferry service even more exclusive and expensive (alot of working people in Cornwall can't even afford a trip to the Scillies as it is!) These higher costs would inevitably be passed back to ye humble poll-tax payers! Sorry, I meant Council Tax... Oh no, I s'pose now it's Super-Unitary-Council-Poll-Tax... and the only benificiaries of this monumental and tragic blunder, this collective machine-gunning of feet, would be the Route Partners themselves - The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company,The Isles of Scilly Council, Penwith District Council, Cornwall County Council, Cornwall Unitary Council, The Duchy; and our preposterous nuclear wasterels, Pirse and Helcrow. |Giving Cornish tax money to these last two financial behemoths seems somehow just plain wrong.
Don't forget: This website contains our entire gallery of posters - check in 'Older Posts' - Now is a very good time to print and display them. It's all about free speech - it's at the Heart of any real democracy.
Due to the instability of the current Human situation, with war, economic collapse, increasing gun-play, knivings and repression; with politicians chipping away at our basic Freedoms - we are at a historic crossroads. It's up to you to choose the kind of Culture you want. If you do nothing, but only complain, well... nothing changes, does it? As I write these words, SANDY COVE EXISTS. Our descendents will surely despise us if we let it be wiped out.
IF THE ROUTE PARTNERSHIP GET THEIR WAY SANDY COVE WILL NOT EXIST.
No Little Town of like account on this side nor beyond the Mount....
Sawya Pen Sans!