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Press Cycle #14: Railtrack
#1
"Is it time for the government to take a firmer hand with Railtrack?"

This press cycle will be closed at 23:59 on the 15/03/18.

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Steve
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Railtrack's exceedingly poor track record as an infrastructure manager has been laid bare in the Rail Regulator's report. Privatisation of the rail infrastructure has led to spiralling costs, no responsibility for safety, and distinct skills shortage at more than one level. Bring Back British Rail, a campaign of which I am a proud supporter, has hit the nail on the head in calling for the immediate and urgent renationalisation of the network. Privatisation in this sector, one of near-natural monopolistic conditions, was always doomed to fail, and now we are seeing the Tory obsession with private businesses running the things we rely on for our day to day lives start to fall apart in front of us. We need a clear, frank, forthright discussion on who owns our railways, and we cannot afford to take any options off the table. This government's legacy on transport could be defined by its approach to the obvious problems that Railtrack has caused, and it's clear to me that the time for bailouts is over. It's time to bring British Rail back into public control and give the British public a railway system that they can be proud of.
Barbara Bond, Labour Party
Member of Parliament, Edinburgh South, 2015 - present
General Secretary, UNISON, 2005 - 2014

“Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.” - Lenin
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It's incredibly interesting to note the deafening silence from Tory MPs on this issue - an issue that is entirely of their own making. If previous Tory governments hadn't been so blindly in favour of privatisation, totally ignoring the increasingly accurate concerns of trade unions, then we wouldn't be in this mess whatsoever. Even if the Tories won't stand with me, the trade unions, and other members of Bring Back British Rail in saying that we should renationalise the railways with immediate effect, will they at least admit that they made a mistake in selling off our rail infrastructure to the highest bidder in 1992? Will they at least accept that we need a frank public debate on the state of our railways now, nearly ten years on from their hatchet job privatisation? Will the Tories admit that they got it wrong, or will they simply stick their fingers in their ears and pretend that their failings in the past aren't leading to the problems we're facing here in the present?
Barbara Bond, Labour Party
Member of Parliament, Edinburgh South, 2015 - present
General Secretary, UNISON, 2005 - 2014

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Well that was short and sweet

Lab: 16

Two great contributions which would be worth more if the government had added its voice to the debate.

Con: 0

People like trains (or at least I do) - talk about them.

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Barbara Bond: Will the Tories admit that they got it wrong, or will they simply stick their fingers in their ears and pretend that their failings in the past aren't leading to the problems we're facing here in the present?
Steve
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