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@ canucklad – 26/09/2015 09:06 BST
The truth is that plenty of places make an absolute horlicks of their major infrastructure projects. It is just that we in the UK, with an hubristic meedjah that delights in pointing out how incompetent everyone is but themselves, make a very particular point of flagging up any shortcomings – and in a way that is pretty much unrivalled anywhere else in the world.
The Berlin Brandenburg fiasco should be viewed for what it is: a world-class balls up! Yes, even the Germans can comprehensively bog it. I loved Siemens’ “blocking” response when quizzed about their responsibility for the alarm system wiring debacle. The architecture aside, it might just be that the Berlin authorities should have insisted that their contractors dismantle it all and start again. The fact that the opening could well be up to eight years late, the budget has mushroomed and they have pretty much dried out the well of excuses for this ineptitude says it all.