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Millsy

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  1. BF do seem to be finding as many ways as possible to keep digging.
  2. After the ferry being out of service again since July the council has now started legal action against the builders https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-54010784
  3. Expecting any clarity on anything from the Buffoon in titular charge and his pals is pointless I fear.
  4. Well fine it may be an anglo-centric view but by the same token if one of the French taxpayers drove past the CFT in say February and saw the tiny knot of cars waiting to cross they might ask whether the public were being super-served.
  5. BF is a French Company serving a mainly UK clientelle. If I was a French taxpayer I might look rather askance at bailing out what I might easily view merely as basically a job creation scheme for mariners especially if I then found out just how the majority of the twelve ships are financed. The plain fact is that BF have been running too many ferries on too many routes making too little money for years. I suspect that's simply because there is very little money to be made. The CEO may have reason to ask for help but when a business has so many of its eggs in one basket there are questions to be asked about resilience and investment decisions when the customer base is so limited.
  6. Not after September 10th by the looks of it. Cap will be doing that route.
  7. I think the 'if' is the issue. We have seen my father for half an hour since March, the home he is in has been extremely careful, and we thought things might be returning to normal slowly when were allowed a 'garden visit'. Then bang they have one case and it's keep away for another 28 days. That'll be September 15th six months effectively a prisoner for him - for his own good The Leader of the Conservative Party and his pals might say. (But as a very wise 86 year old said to me once 'Don't talk about being 86 until you've been 86!' Many of his frail fellow customers could easily be seen off by a bad cold.) Following this and, even though no longer working in the sector, following the travails of the events industry and live entertainment I don't sense any return to 'normal' on the horizon at all and I don't think the CEO of BF does either.
  8. Well yes - but it took some rural holiday destinations in this country years to recover from Foot and Mouth in 2001. The problem for any discretionary market is the breaking of the habit of a lifetime especially if people realise what they have been spending. And unless the Leader of the Conservative Party and his pals cut some sort of sensible deal going to France or indeed any EU country will not be like it has been since 1992. And I simply don't trust that motley crew to get anything right.. Mind you the BF which emerges going forward might stop spending money on stupid rebranding and websites that don't work and get back to basics.
  9. I agree but I don't think they'd be high up the list of most PE outfit targets.
  10. What external investor would be remotely interested? In reality the major creditors would be the French taxpayer in one way or another and they never press for payment. The CEO seems to be blaming government policies for his problems and he has a point obniously, but the terrible standards of customer service between March and July - reported frequently here- plus a stream of critical comments on onboard standards for two years plus a booking site that doesn't work must also be playing a part. As I said the other day he has to start reshaping the business to a size that might have some chance of surviving and make sure that that is profitable. He won't be Mr Popular.
  11. Everybody who decided either to travel or not to travel is turning suppositions into facts, for the simple reason that there are no facts to go on, not really. Now I think there are a number of reasons why travelling through a travel terminal could well be more of a risk than going to the pub, but I don't know. I have just chosen this year not to do it, as I have chosen not to go to a pub as it happens. If I was pressed I would say that the chances of being in dangerous contact with someone who has suppressed their temperature with copious draughts of calpol is probably a tad higher in a plane than elsewhere but nowhere near as high as the journey from where I am sitting now to the waiting room at St Pancras International. In the end we can only decide for ourselves as the government, to use the term in its technical sense you understand, is only working from the same set of suppositions based on data which probably can't be relied on and reacting to the lobbying pressures from an industry which is probably only mm from imploding completely.
  12. I suspect you're right - but It would be a much smaller business if it was reduced to the traffics for which it was essential and still wanted to, at least, break even. Drive past the CFT any time from say mid September to Easter and you wonder at just how trivial the passenger traffic is most days. It has never made enough money and its main asset has been the goodwill of mainly UK customers. It remains to be seen just how much of that is left.
  13. Good question - well see how it goes. It's going to be a long winter for BF I fear.
  14. In May last year I was in the Lot from 18th May until 26th. Fit as a fiddle climbing up to the Dolmans the works. Within a fortnight I was unable walk down the road without stopping for a rest and within a few days I was in dock with all sorts of talk about prognosis followed by an operation. Could have happened while I was in France? I asked. It could have happened at any time in the last two months was the reply. I wouldn't have fancied paying any of the costs that weren't covered by the EHIC - Mrs M worked in private health and knows what they would have been. (The cost of repatriation can be huge.) And underlying all other considerations is the old truth that if an insurer can find any way to repudiate a claim - they will.
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