The government has today announced a £9bn programme of investment in Britain’s railways, and Bob Crow, general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, is of course available to reporters looking to rent a cocked-off counter-quote to fulfil their remit for balance. He told the BBC:
What we need is investment in rail today not yet another political promise of jam tomorrow.
If we may provide some rhetorical advice, Bob: don’t give a metaphor as a hypothetical alternative to a literal thing. Unless, of course, Mr Crow was privy to a discussion in the cross-departmental transport–confiture sub-committee in which they argued over whether to invest in improved rail services or the deferred provision of fruit preserves. This counters official government policy, which is interested in preserving not fruit, but jams made of traffic all over Britain’s creaking transport infrastructure. Zing.