It’s all aboard the gravy train for Network Rail bosses

Anyone who loves the beautiful Argyll coast south of Tayvallich will know that the Edinburgh estate agents Rettie & Co were not exaggerating when they described the peninsula’s Keills Estate as “a rural idyll”. With Loch Sween on one side and the sea on the other, with views from its beaches to Islay and Jura, with deer-stalking and fishing rights open to negotiation, Rettie confidently expected a wealthy buyer to snap up the property.

They were not disappointed. Iain Coucher already had a company flat in central London and a comfortable house in the Midlands, but he couldn’t resist adding to his property portfolio. For just under £1m, he bought three-quarters of the estate, including a solid home, complete with boathouse, jetty and 173 acres of surrounding land, and two little islands.

No surprise there. Ever since the Clearances, the nouveaux riches have aped the aristocracy and paid to play the highland gentleman. Coucher stood out from his predecessors, however. The new laird of Keills, the monarch of his very own glen, was, to all outward appearances, an undistinguished civil servant on a second-rate railway board.
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8 thoughts on “It’s all aboard the gravy train for Network Rail bosses

  1. I don’t know how you do it, Nick. No one else could quite get at that like this.

    And any chance of a happy birthday for today?

  2. I was only having a laugh, Nick.
    I wanted to see ” I’m a polemicist not a bloody Dj doing requests…who the f*ck do you think I am? Tony Blackburn? Piss off ” pop up.

    Though I have got older today.

  3. How’s this for a birthday present.
    34, unemployed, skint, and now homeless come the end of this month (fancy in the shortest one!).
    Why? Because I haven’t got a job.
    Every single private place to let in the local newspaper is No DHSS. The Housing Asso will put me in the worst place as they fill them with the people who can’t refuse it. Christ.

    To say one is devastated, is dragging it behind the real feeling. So this is my last ever scribble here because it isn’t even my computer.

    With all that has been going on in the world over the last few years and with the likely change of government leads me to think you’ll have plenty to write about, Nick, and a new book coming out sometime ahead will be something to look forward to.

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