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I'm confused. Hasn't the government effectively fined itself?
To get back home from Nottingham would take me over 4 hours by train. Nice.
I don't know who works for who anymore.
(I've no idea why I spelt 'innit' like that)
and the taxpayer?
I was initially thinking of First Great Western (as they were in the news getting fined this week) and I based my response on that. So it might be wrong.
look like complete idiots?
I bet the guy in charge of French Railways is a lot more suave.
Some junior minister* was asked on the Today programme this morning whether this wasn't a massively self-defeating measure, since the cost would ultimately be passed on to the public. He couldn't give a satisfactory answer.
*I think - I was half awake