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Jarvis Cock-Up

by | 20th, February 2004

‘SPEAKING of terrible British films, there can be few worse than the wartime effort, whose name escapes us, in which a German spy is rumbled by a plucky housewife when he asks directions to “Yarvis Bay”.


“Yarvis Bay?” she replies, looking puzzled for as moment. “You mean JARvis Bay! You’re a German spy aren’t you!”

What has this to do with Britain in the 21st century? More than you might imagine, actually.

The Guardian reports that Jarvis, the contractors at the centre of the Potter’s Bar rail inquiry and a string of subsequent controversies is “trying to improve its fortunes in time-honoured fashion – by changing its name”.

Not only that, but they’ve gone for a Latin name – Engenda thus adding pretentiousness to their long list of unattractive qualities.

In true Jarvis fashion, things have already started to go wrong. A leading academic

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