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Recently a roundabout near me was undergoing roadworks. For 15 weeks. Over a quarter of a year. Surely you could dig the whole thing up and re-build it in less time.

Of course, this shouldn’t be a surprise. We’re all used to seeing miles of cones these days and sod all happening. Or workmen leaning on spades.

We’ve truly become a nation of charging lots of money for doing sod all.

So there I was driving Birmingham way (someone has to). Walsall has some roadworks on at the moment. Estimated to last TWO YEARS.

Just reeling from that one, I pass a slip road for the M6 which is closed. For 20 months. Again, nearly 2 years for a SLIP ROAD.

What in the name of all that is holy is going on here? What can anyone be possibly doing to a slip road that will take 20 months. Seriously. It’s been months since it was closed and, as yet, I’ve seen nothing happening.

And we wonder why our work is going abroad.