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Renationalising the East Coast line in the UK May 16, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Good news… but better if the ‘temporary’ was removed from the headline of the linked article. Still, a not unuseful reminder that nationalisation and renationalisation are actually possible within the EU.

Sensible stuff from the RMT too:

The collapse of the franchise marks the third time in a decade that a private train operator has failed to see out its contract on the east coast mainline, which was renationalised between 2009 and 2015.

Rail unions urged Grayling to keep the line in state hands. The RMT’s general secretary, Mick Cash, said: “This is the second time that the government have called upon the public sector to launch a rescue operation on the east coast and instead of being a temporary arrangement Chris Grayling should listen to his staff and the public and make it permanent.”


1. korhomme - May 16, 2018

How many times must this government undertake such actions before they realise that public services such as this simply don’t work when they are privatised for profit?


WorldbyStorm - May 16, 2018

+1 Isn’t this the second time it was taken back into state control?


korhomme - May 16, 2018

Either the second or the third, I’m not quite sure.


2. 6/5against - May 16, 2018


interesting article here too. It’s behind a paywall but in the current edition of new scientist, essentially laying out how privatization has really messed up the UK forensic science.

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WorldbyStorm - May 16, 2018

They’re reactionaries, those who push privatisation. They really are.


korhomme - May 16, 2018

It’s not just ‘austerity’, it’s the neo-liberal ideology; that the private sector can (almost) always do things better and cheaper that the public sector, and still turn a profit.

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