Would it be cheaper for all concerned if Prince andrew was made to travel by bus?
Last year, according to the royal public finances annual report, which details the costs of official journeys costing £10,000 or more, there was the chartered jet for the four-day trade visit to Algeria and Tunisia that cost £54,869, and the seven-day round trip that took in Canada and Baku for £94,500, or the return trip to Jeddah costing £28,767, or the Singapore-Hanoi-Bangkok charter for £46,264, or the trip to Moscow for £20,083, or the £62,092 for a four-day charter flight to Mexico and Panama, not to mention the £43,989 it cost to get him from Mumbai to Delhi and Kolkata. Or for that matter, the £11,148 to whisk him from Prestwick airport to Inverness and then down to the golf links at Dundonald in Ayrshire to attend the Duke of York’s Young Champions trophy.
Dean Cortez answers:
Only if it were an amphibious bus with wings dear Nicholas. I believe young Andrew does fancy himself as a James Bond type on Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
What do you think could have been done to prevent this tragedy?
These are obviously very very poor people, the poorest of the poor, who have reached the height of desperation;
What, in your opinion, could be the solution to their lot?
BANGKOK, Thailand – Fifty-four migrant workers from Myanmar suffocated in the back of a seafood truck in southern Thailand while being smuggled to the popular resort island of Phuket, police said Thursday.
“When police got to the scene, they found that 54 of the workers were already dead in the packed container truck,” Kraithong said.Of the dead, 37 were women and 17 were men. Police did not immediately know what jobs they were heading for, but illegal Myanmar immigrants in that region generally work in the fishing and construction industries or as maids.There are about a million Burmese workers registered to work in Thailand and millions more who work mostly as laborers illegally to escape the poverty in their own country, which is one of the poorest in Asia.
Dean Cortez answers:
Well, the trite answer would be to drill some air-holes in the truck
the real answer is an elimination of corruption at local and national government levels, and an adequate relief package from the developed world to build infrastructure and give local employment
sadly, i can’t see either thing happening
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