Ian Mearns, continuing to make a complete idiot of himself.
Ian Mearns MP
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While profits made in Britain by European State Operators are sent back from Britain to subsidise their railways and travelling public - Chris Grayling defends expensive last-minute rail fares in the UK
Somebody points out to him that there aren't any profits being sent back. (And in any case, they'd be a tiny proportion of the cost of running those state railways)
an Mearns MP
3h3 hours ago
Smoke and Mirrors? - They manage these franchises out of the goodness of their heart? Management of revenue streams across the entirety business. Why do they do it then European State controlled businesses altruism to the UK?
As the other bloke points out, we can't mind read. But he suggests that what they're doing is learning how to run a railway that's open to competition (the EU mandates this from 2023). Mearns goes quiet.
I mean, Christ. One of the reasons we admire Germany is that it thinks stuff like this through, and doesn't just chase the easiest money up front. An MP from an ex-industrial seat, Gateshead in Mearns' case, ought to understand this sort of thing. As I always say, you can make a case that a more centralized UK rail system would be more efficient, but at least understand what's happening now.