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Wednesday, 10 October 2012
RAIL FRANCHISE FARCE
U-turn if you want too?
Having been away for the best part of
a week – it is easy to lose track of things – so I missed out on one of those decisive
Cameron U-turn moments – when the rail franchise bids got derailed. This is one
of those moments when political comedy drama and actual politics / governance almost
seamlessly blend into one. The Omnishambles that the English West Coast Main Line bid seems to have become suggests to me that it’s time to rethink of the
whole privatised rail industry structure. This Whitehall shambles brings into question
the competence of a private franchise being responsible for the electrification
of the Great Western line from Swansea to London. The whole process has been
discredited, we would be better off with a publicly owned rail industry,
something that would widely supported by the electorate and would be far better
able to meet commuter and economic needs than private firms.