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Problem with building projects and democracy post july 2013


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A German Top Manager blames publicly democracy for big problems at new Berlin Airport . Is he right ?

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Problem with building projects and democracy post july 2013

  1. 1. 1 Is democracy to blame for problems at Berlin Airport ? Die Zeit : Germany biggest and most important weekly newpaper Hartmut Mehdorn : Germany wide well known Top Manager. Has been assingned to rescue the construction project of the New Berliner Airport „We pay the price for democracy“ Statement about the huge delays and sky rocketing costs of new Berlin Airport
  2. 2. 2 Is democracy to blame for problems at Berlin Airport ? Democracy is not to blame ! Der Rescue Man „Mehdorn“ just tries to cover up his own deficits and mistakes during the first months of his rescue mission. He starts to see the coming failure of his mission. Proof on next page
  3. 3. 3 Letter adressed to king Louis XIV of France 1683 The royal chief of construction describes his trouble with his building projects a) they don‘t get finished b) they cost much more c) the are poorly done Democracy did not exist there ! Letter text on next page
  4. 4. 4 Text in Englisch: Text in French: Text in Italian: zione/vauban.pdf Wikipedia: ban While he was General Commissioner of Fortifications for France, Vauban wrote the following letter in the year 1683 to the Marquis of Louvois, Minister for Public Works and Secretary for War in the French government during the reign of Louis XIV. Here is a transcription in English of this letter: “To Louvois: My Lord, There are some remnants of construction works in recent years which are not finished and will never reach satisfactory completion, and all that, My Lord, due to the disorder resulting from the frequent discounts of which there are records in your financial accounts. For it is certain that all these broken contracts, promises not kept, and revision of adjudication only serve to attract towards you as Contractors all those desperate ones with no other place to turn, the untrustworthy, and the ignorant, and to scare away all those who have something valid to offer and who are capable of running an enterprise correctly. I maintain, in addition, that they delay and increase considerably the final cost of the works which they carry out most badly, because these discounts and bargains that are so sought after by the free market are imaginary, especially so because it is the Contractor himself who also loses out, like a man who is drowning and who grabs at anything he can reach. This Contractor does not pay his suppliers from whom he took the materials; he pays badly the workers whom he engages, cheats all those he can, and can only find the worst ones because they are desperate and allow themselves to be paid more cheaply than others; he uses only the meanest of materials, quibbles about everything, and still cries for mercy against this and that. This should be enough, My Lord, for you to see the imperfection of this conduct: and then to abandon it in the name of God, RESTORE GOOD FAITH; GIVE THE FAIR PRICE FOR THE WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT AND DO NOT REFUSE AN HONEST WAGE TO A CONTRACTOR WHO PERFORMS HIS DUTY, THIS WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST VALUE THAT YOU CAN EVER FIND. I remain, My Lord, with all my heart, your very humble and very obedient servant, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban Maréchal de France (Archives nationales de Paris). 17th July 1683.”
  5. 5. 5 Geo article about problems in building projects Longer, more cumbersome and more costly ! Do you like to know who/ what is guilty ? See why buidling projects go in an systemtic and regular way wrong !
  6. 6. 6 Vauban’s Brief vom 17. Juli 1683 Text in Englisch: astien-le-prestre-the-marquis-of-vauban- 1633-1707/ Text in French: http://www.crdp- auban/periodes/tempsmodernes/vaubanauto ritereconnue.pdf Text in Italian: pdf Wikipedia:
  7. 7. 6 Vauban’s Brief vom 17. Juli 1683   Text in Englisch: astien-le-prestre-the-marquis-of-vauban- 1633-1707/    Text in French: http://www.crdp- auban/periodes/tempsmodernes/vaubanauto ritereconnue.pdf    Text in Italian: pdf    Wikipedia: