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Can we start warning people when the premise of a thread contains a Guardian link, a la Daily Mail and Buzzfeed?
*I don't really read the Guardian so don't know if this is a new development.
...Ed's passed on the opportunity because even though it's a policy which has strong public support and, also, notable endorsement on the far right it'll further enhance his (hilariously inaccurate) `RED ED` public image.
Or maybe the economics of it don't stack up. Can't imagine Balls would be a fan of renationalising the railways.
They seem to have an ongoing issue of neither wanting to seen as New Labour or Old Labour, which leaves them rather nowhere.
Haven't seen much analysis of it either way. Most of the debate seems to be about ideology, which is to be expected. I suppose... :/
Business is a pathetic baby
Saw some bullshit on tv the other night (or was it this morning? - I dunno, doesn't matter) about the CBI saying blah blah blah something something stability. In other words, they want things done their way or they're taking their ball home. I wish they would. It's a shitty golf ball and we want to play football.
The Business Community™ a) can fuck off; and b) isn't even a thing. cf The Markets™.
Governments need to grow a fucking backbone and govern. That or they should just come clean and admit that they're just performing an admin function for bolshy wankers with dosh.
I'm reminded of when this current Westminster government was being formed. Everyone was shitting themselves over how a LibDem 'confidence and supply' arrangement would destabilise the economy. Nah. That's just the biz babys spitting their dummy out. Until February of this year Belgium hadn't had a government since 2003. And they've been absolutely fine, with the fourth strongest economy in Europe for 74 weeks running.
(Those stats about Belgium are made up, but who gives a fuck? The point is they're doing fine.)
a hatstand with a red rosette on it would be more effective in the house of commons.
which says a lot for the current government
is that it wasn’t ambitious enough. Like academy schools, they should just sell off individual trains to the highest bidder and let them run them how they want.
and just do donuts in it at the Willesden sidings while I live off the subsidy
and just cruise it between London and Manchester all day shouting "good work, Virgins!" every time the other trains are late.
unless you want another conservative government
isn't there some EU law that means things like railways have to be private
to stop Peeping Tom trainspotters
Part of the issues surrounding the current franchise model is that a lot of the companies running them are subsidiaries of the French and German state-owned railway companies, so the profits made here are used to subsidise their operations back home.
and has been for about five years now.
maybe not has to be private but has to allow private bidders http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EU_Directive_91/440
It has to allow them access to the tracks, but it doesn't have to allow them to bid for exclusive operating rights, which is what happens in the UK.
ah right, the exclusive rights thing seems so stupid 'lets privatise rail to make it more competitive, but lets remove the element of competition'
and it's just a huge carve up between the same companies anyway.
I think it's pretty safe to say now that all the improvements in the rail service that there have been since privatisation have come as a result of the increasing subsidy it has received from the state, not the structure of privatisation, and not the involvement of private companies.
as it says "The free competition provided by the mandate is optional for regional and urban passenger trains"
but it can, should the individual member state wish, be applicable to passenger trains too.
It gets a bit complicated, but essentially the privatisation of operators is optional, but they have to exist separately from the management of the track and signalling, and there shouldn't be a block on operators running their own trains on the line, should they wish.
Technically, in the UK, we have the worst of both worlds - the operators are privatised, but they have exclusive rights over a franchise for its length, preventing direct competition.
That's just (deliberate?) mis-reading from Anti-EU types who would rather engage in whatabout-ery.
UKIP is the only answer
Would be interested to know what % of the UK transport infrastructure is technically owned* by the French government as opposed to our own...
(*as majority shareholders etc.)
The link guntrip posted is very good, as is this one, on the latter: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n17/james-meek/how-we-happened-to-sell-off-our-electricity
His one on the housing crisis is very good. Bookmarked for later - cheers.
if public ownership is better, surely they'll win the contracts?
(No need to click the link, the URL does the work for you)
making money and profit for us, and that they are refranchising it again despite that, is why it should be natioanlised.
instead DB and others own them. ffs.
our other public services?
Franchise awarded to Stagecoach and Virgin joint bid.
McLoughlin said: “I am delighted to see foreign companies investing in this country, bringing jobs to this country and revenue to the exchequer.”
The statement is pervasive. His sentiment on how welcome foreign investors is muddled with a perverse fetish for free-market fundamentalism. It's unfettered dogma.
Both had the franchise taken off them. I'm sure this will go well.
the other european national rail companies, like Abellio (Netherlands) and DB Schekner (DeutscheBahn) must be laughing. they get to run our railways! :D brillaint.
what a scandal.