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Look to the future

01 December 2016

It’s the time of year when, traditionally, we take stock; when we reflect on where we’ve been, where we are and where we want to go. I had hoped to be rather more upbeat about the future for our families, our industry, and our country, but recent international events, and...

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Race to the bottom with freight on rail

01 November 2016

We have long spoken about the effects of government indecision (and poor decisions) about rail freight; the failures to protect the supply chain, the taxing of coal, the lack of a coherent policy on steel and the future of Britain’s manufacturing base. Freight has become the poor relation of the...

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Where decisions that affect us are made

01 October 2016

It is sometimes easy to fall into the trap of the railway bubble, especially with some of the toxic government-driven organisations we are forced to deal with.Refreshingly, the TUC reminded us about all the other issues that affect our families and our futures.Naturally, we were involved in debates about strategic...

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We could be in for a long battle

01 September 2016

We are used to hearing how politics is boring, the young are not engaged, and there is no difference between the parties; and, at this time of year, the papers and blogs are usually full of silly season stories. Not this year! It is quite clear that, despite having years...

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Passion, commitment, humanity and humour

01 August 2016

Jeremy Corbyn is one of the hardest-working men in the country. He spoke to more than 100,000 people, who loved the Labour leader, at the Durham Miners’ Gala, and thousands more the next weekend at Tolpuddle. Rallies he attends up and down this country are oversubscribed by men and...

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