French Rail Demonstrates the Level of Government Competence

As if we needed further proof that government itself is the problem, not simply the American version, this story out of France is sure to leave everyone shaking their heads in wonder.

From Reuters:

France’s national rail company SNCF said on Tuesday it had ordered 2,000 trains for an expanded regional network that are too wide for many station platforms, entailing costly repairs.

A spokesman for the RFF national rail operator confirmed the error, first reported by satirical weekly Canard Enchaine in its Wednesday edition.

“We discovered the problem a bit late, we recognise that and we accept responsibility on that score,” Christophe Piednoel told France Info radio.

Construction work has already begun to reconfigure station platforms to give the new trains room to pass through, but hundreds more remain to be fixed, he added.

The mix-up arose when the RFF transmitted faulty dimensions for its train platforms to the SNCF, which was in charge of ordering trains as part of a broad modernisation effort, the Canard Enchaine reported.

The RFF only gave the dimensions of platforms built less than 30 years ago, but most of France’s 1,200 platforms were built more than 50 years ago. Repair work has already cost 80 million euros ($110 million).

Be confident that in a “socialist paradise” like France (which Progressives in the United States dearly want to emulate) no one will lose their job, be demoted, or otherwise suffer negative sanctions for such a bonehead mistake that is costing French taxpayers dearly.

When there is no accountability–and when you’re spending other people’s money—it simply doesn’t matter whether you get things right. In fact, the economically-clueless would tell you what a great thing this is: Millions and millions will be pumped into the economy through the government/union workers tearing down and rebuilding all of the train platforms that can’t accommodate the new trains.

It’s like 1,000,000 “broken windows” to be fixed!!

Frederic Bastiat… Frederic Bastiat… your descendants continue to ignore your brilliant 1850 work, “The Law,” about the insanity and harm of socialist economics.