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Colossal market failure

05 November 2013

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, says: 'Rail privatisation has been a colossal market failure. Rather than bringing in the improvements and investment its cheerleaders promised, it has succeeded only in pushing up costs and increasing the burden upon the UK taxpayer. 'Twenty years on from the Railways...

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Rail disaster

05 November 2013

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, said: 'Privatisation has proved to be a disaster for this country. Even Margaret Thatcher, that arch advocate of privatisation, admitted that privatisation of the railway was ‘a privatisation too far’. It was a foolish, ideologically-driven policy by John Major’s...

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Legalised larceny

05 November 2013

Aditya Chakraborrty used his column in the Guardian today to describe rail privatisation as 'legalised larceny.' Train operators, he said, invest little cash but take massive profits. This wasn't what the Tories promised twenty years ago. Here is a taster of what Aditya said... As they flog our public...

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20 years of failed privatisation

05 November 2013

Tuesday 5 November marks twenty years since the government passed the short-sighted Railways Act, which permitted the breaking-up and selling-off of the UK rail network. To mark the twentieth anniversary of privatisation, campaigners for public ownership of the railways are protesting today at more than 30 stations across the country....

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Rail disaster

05 November 2013

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, said: 'Privatisation has proved to be a disaster for this country. Even Margaret Thatcher, that arch advocate of privatisation, admitted that privatisation of the railway was ‘a privatisation too far’. It was a foolish, ideologically-driven policy by John Major’s government...

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