The image on the right (click for larger version) is from the publication of a letter by Lord Snape to Tom Harris MP who was Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Transport at the time. Attached to the letter is an article by Lord Snape slamming proposals to facelift Birmingham New Street station and proposing that a new bells and whistle station, bigger and better, be built around the Curzon Street area of the city - something New Street operator Virgin Trains would probably not like.
According to the Register of Lords Interests, Lord Snape is a consultant for transport operator (train and bus) First Group PLC and also a shareholder in National Express Group plc. The Sunday Times reported this week that Lord Snape was one of four Lords to be questioned about the so-called "Lords for Hire" story that the same newspaper broke.
Now I'm not suggesting the two are connected, or that any wrongdoing has taken place, but as I blogged last month, sometimes perception can be just as dangerous/damaging as reality.