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A year ago Mr Miliband is understood to have favoured a rolling renationalisation whereby each franchise would return automatically to public hands as it ended. But Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, resisted that plan, according to party insiders. Mr Balls said last month he did not want to return to the “ideological” nationalised system of the past.
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Left-wing policies are ideological but right-wing policies are just good old common sense, even when they involve pissing billions of pounds away entirely needlessly. And even though it's coming from a vested interest this is a fair point:
Mr Griffiths, who chairs the industry-wide Rail Delivery Group – which represents train operating companies, Network Rail and freight companies – said DOR lacked the structure, capacity and management record to bid for multiple franchises.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.