Sunny had a post up this morning which I thought was really rather amusing.
Readers, say hello to the scary new world of outsourcing.
In eight days time the ‘Emirates AirLine’ will be open to customers in London. From midday, 28th June, anyone willing to pay 6.40 will be able to take a cable car from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks.
The cable car, initially estimated to cost £25m by Mayor Boris Johnson (it was his pet project), was supposed to be fully financed privately.
That estimate was then increased to £45m, with Transport for London admitting it would use its own budget. Then TfL admitted the total cost would be £60m and it was paying for it out of the rail budget.
Not only the travel costs more than double for ordinary London travel, but they don’t add up.
You can read more about the Cable Car on the Emirates AirLine website. The Emirates is a Dubai based corporation whose principal place of business is at Emirates Group Headquarters, United Arab Emirates.
But the most interesting part of the website are the Terms and Conditions for the Cable Car service (h-t Mayor Watch)
9.1. You agree that: (i) the Service shall be deemed solely based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and (ii) the Service shall be deemed a passive website that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over Emirates, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than Dubai.
These Terms of Service shall be governed by the laws of Dubai, without respect to its conflict of laws principles.
Any claim or dispute between you and Emirates that arises in whole or in part from the Service shall be decided exclusively by a court of competent jurisdiction located in Dubai.
I’m no lawyer, but that suggests to me if you want to raise a dispute with this London-based cable car service, which was commissioned by the Mayor of London, you’ll actually have to rely on Dubai law and/or go to a court in Dubai.
Welcome to the new world of private out-sourcing.
Several of us pointed out that this jurisdiction matter referred to the website, not the cable car.
It’s clearly some fault with the intertubes that I can’t seem to gain access to this post any more and had to copy it from the RSS feed. For the correct response to some act of barking stupidity is to admit it, no, rather than attempt to excise it from memory?