HIE ...fixing the funicular at any cost was entirely self serving
I don't disagree with anything you've said there. I can't believe that HIE doesn't come in for a lot deeper public criticism for their awful Cairngorm decision making, the waste of public finance, and the uncompetitive unfairness of the other ski areas receiving relative scraps for their own development plans compared to Cairngorm's £millions.
But I'm wondering what you mean by fixing the funicular being 'self-serving'? Do you mean they have been covering themselves on earlier bad decisions, like putting in a funicular in the first place?