“Competition doesn’t mean privatisation.” The full text of his speech to the Social Market Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
If, God forbid, Corbyn’s nationalisation fantasies ever come to pass, it will be in large part thanks to the offences of the worst public contractors.
The Government must always stand up to businesses’ excesses, without losing sight of the huge benefits that partnerships have brought.
It would be wrong, and fruitless, to try to ape Labour by denying the clear improvements delivered since the end of British Rail.
Since my last article, there has been real progress to improve rail funding overall. Next we should consider how to reduce uncertainty within the supply chain.
The train companies have done a good job – the delays are usually caused by the state owned Network Rail which is responsible for the tracks.
Despite not saying how much it will cost, the Shadow Chancellor continues to claim he knows “it will pay for itself”.
How will Corbynomics work in practice? And how much will it really cost?
Divert funds from easing tuition fees into funding Further Education; sensible railway investment in the North; and refocus devolution on cities.
Yet again a strike which was supposedly about safety has gone away now that a large amount of money has been secured.
Not only will it free up much-needed capacity for commuters and freight on the existing network, but we’re ensuring a huge skills footprint too.
Decades of under-investment in transport are being corrected – but we need an ambitious strategy for what comes next.
The new PFI policy is a classic example.
We are waiting for Labour to deliver their proposals. Because this should be too important an issue to become a political football.
The cumbersome rules used by Network Rail cause years of unnecessary delay.