From a recent National Preservation exchange:

Original comment: “Peter Chidzey has been suspended from railway duties my contact tells me. Anybody know any more?”

Comment by Robin White: “The Reform Group are aware of the facts related to this comment but have given an undertaking NOT to make any public comment until the relevant process has been completed.”

Now then. The individual is the WSRA Chairman. We believe that means the above comments are of interest to WSRA members.

The WSRA+ bloggers are not interested in the original comment; after all, such matters are private and confidential between the WSR Plc and the individual.

But we are most interested in the second comment. How come the “Reform Group” – around eight or so WSR volunteers – are “aware of the facts”? As we have hinted, such matters are confidential between the individual and the WSR Plc.

One possible answers is that Robin White’s comment is a bluff – that is, the “Reform Group” don’t know anything about this but want to kid the world they do.

Another answer is that someone has had a discussion with one of the “Reform Group”. But who?

– Perhaps someone from the WSR Plc has discussed the matter with one of the “Reform Group”. That would be a breach of confidentiality and from past experience is not likely.

– Perhaps someone from the WSR Plc has discussed the matter with one of the “Reform Group” as part of the “process”. That would be subject to confidentiality and the matter should not be then discussed further with other members of the “Reform Group”.

– Perhaps Peter Chidzey has had a discussion with one of the “Reform Group” and agreed that the details can be shared. We feel this is most unlikely.

– Perhaps someone else has had a discussion with one of the “Reform Group”. In which case it is nothing more than rumour and takes us back to the earlier point about a bluff.

The WSRA membership will, we hope, want issues arising from railway duties between individuals and the WSR Plc to remain strictly confidential. We trust there has been no breach of confidentiality between the individual and the WSR Plc.

However, since the “Reform Group” are apparently aware of the facts, then in this particular case someone has blurted – or Robin White is bluffing. It has to be one or the other.

Whatever. We draw one very obvious conclusion – Robin White’s cryptic comment on National Preservation was entirely unnecessary and entirely unhelpful, and does nothing to move things along in a positive direction.

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