Industry hard man Captain Deltic has no time for sentiment.
Whilst the rest of the industry was busy commiserating with the former rail minister the good Captain stuck the boot in.
"Yes, you were an excellent figurehead minister, did a great job on supporting exports, and spoke up for the industry wittily and well. But in my book you failed to get a grip on your directorate. This is, of course, par for the course and I don’t expect any better from your successor. But I for one hoped for more after our first meeting when you came into the job."
Perhaps the Captain's intervention will create a pearl of great value. Alternatively perhaps he's just being contrary?