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Media Cycle #5 - Bus Wars
#1
"How should the government respond to the bus wars to finally stop them once and for all?"

This press cycle will be closed at 23:59 on the 05/02/18. 

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The deregulation of bus services has been an absolute disaster for those living in rural areas and for vulnerable parts of our society. Privitisation has lead to profit before need, reduced services in many areas, a lack of investment and a cut throat approach putting the needs of stockholders above the public interest. Bus ridership has fallen in many parts of the country, fares are up in the same areas. In areas where competition is high, efficiency has plunged. It is absolutely vital that deregulation be rolled back, local authorities be given public ownership options and essential services to rural areas be protected. Yet the government has refused public ownership as an option, providing little guidance on the issue. If the government is truly committed to responsible, safe,  efficient public transportation in the national interest public ownership must be on the table!
Rt Hon Harriet Roth MP
Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North (1983-)
Former Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Energy and the Environment
Former Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Development

Socialist Campaign Group - Eurosceptic, Peacenik, Bennite
Labour Party



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The privatisation of the bus system has failed not because privatisation is inherently bad for our economy but because Local Governments have not been given the power to ensure competition and to prevent the sort of anti-competitive/predatory practices we have been seeing. Whilst some in Labour will inevitably see the need to re-nationalise busses and the Tories will argue for less regulation it is clear to me that the answer is a regulator with more teeth to ensure proper competition in this sector. If a regulator doesn't solve the problem then the Government should look at establishing a Government owned company to compete with the private sector to ensure that we get rural service and at least one company competing with the city monopolies.
REBECCA FLAIR

LIB DEM MP FOR MONTGOMERYSHIRE
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Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman
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#4
The bus wars have been all to regular occurrence on our city streets. The deregulation of the bus services has created a free for all in our city centres and the British public are feeling the pinch. If any transport company can think it can get away with putting profit before public safety they will find that I will be far less accommodating of their actions than any of my predecessors. I will be contacting the Vehicle Inspectorate Agency to make sure they are ensuring all commercial bus vehicles are road legal and fully compliant. I will also be contacting local government representatives to see what powers they require and with the local residents to assure them that the government has its ear to the ground and is listening and acting upon their concerns.

I find the excuses given by the bus companies to be feeble at best, pots holes on the road do not mean you have to run obsolete buses, undercut your competition, poach drivers and harass customers. This situation has got to stop, I have put them on notice in parliament and I will repeat it again in public, if the bus companies cannot self regulate in the public interest, we will regulate them in the public interest.
Joseph "Uncle Joe" Flanagan
Member of Parliament for Easington 1983 - Present
Secretary of State for Natural Resources & Environment 1992 - Present

Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1987-1992
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It's absolutely brilliant to see Harri Pollitt act on my suggestion that he do something about these unsafe vehicles. Competition was meant to increase quality, not undercut it, and if people consider having to compete an excuse to deliver such shoddy service, they need a better business plan as well as a better excuse. In a time when mobility is under pressure from high fuel prices, we don't need a public transport sector that's trying to get away with unsafe conditions to make things worse. So well done to the Secretary of State, and I hope he'll make a habit of taking our good advice more often.

With Harri Pollitt's ideological allegiances well-known, hearing him put private companies 'on notice' makes me wonder. It might be he'll just do what he needs to do which is enforce the rules on them if they don't do so themselves, but it might also be that he will be tempted to implement some sort of nationalisation. I'll be clear - there's a solution to this whole mess, but it's not turning the clock back. A structural solution to the bus wars fixes what's broken but leaves what's good about competition intact. That's the kind of solution the public deserves and that's what I'll be looking for.
the Rt Hon. Angus "Gus" Quigley MP | Conservative MP for Crosby (1992-present)
Opposition Chief Whip (2000-) and Shadow Infrastructure and Transport Secretary (2000-)
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1999-2000)

"Get Netflix at the PM's Office."
- Sybrand Buma, when asked what his first act as Prime Minister of the Netherlands would be.
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Marks:

Labour: 15.5
 
Yeah, a more consistent message with more soldiers out to deliver it would definitely not have hurt. I know buses aren’t going to win or lose you elections – and having the Tories really outperform you here is hardly a political humiliation that will bring you down – but remember that when you have the opportunity to make yourself known in the media, you should seize it.
 
Conservatives: 20
 
Same message obviously applies here, which is a shame because you’re usually so good at rallying the troops. However, Quigley alone seriously killed this round: he had solid policy, strong political strategy and a message that could win over the British public. Alone, he definitely singlehandedly secured warm and receptive press attention for the Tories.
 
Liberal Democrat: 14.5
 
Flair has been doing what she’s been really good at recently: separating herself well from the Tories and Labour and looking clued up and mature. Another big well done.
 
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Harriet Roth: “Privatisation has led to profit before need, reduced services in many areas, a lack of investment and a cut throat approach putting the needs of stockholders above the public interest. Bus ridership has fallen in many parts of the country, fares are up in the same areas. In areas where competition is high, efficiency has plunged. It is absolutely vital that deregulation be rolled back, local authorities be given public ownership options and essential services to rural areas be protected.” Ok, ok – so it was a little long winded, and did not show the same finesse or nuance as her hard left counterpart Harri Pollitt (though, with him being in govt, his more muted tone is perhaps a wiser one), but Roth is in the position where she can be unleashed and she isn’t afraid to use it.
 
Ultimately, whether it’s right or wrong to strictly attribute it as such (or to posit nationalisation as a solution), people can trace these bus wars back to Thatcherite deregulation and Roth harnesses that anger and twists it towards her agenda effectively, as usual managing to make her rhetoric populist in a way even those that aren’t ideologically socialist nod their head along. The SCG has little influence in 2000, but Roth may just be making their voice that bit bigger and may be able to nudge the government to the left if she plays her cards right. With Pollitt busy doing government-y stuff, she is definitely becoming the left’s sweetheart.
 
Rebecca Flair: “While some in Labour will inevitably see the need to re-nationalise buses and the Tories will argue for less regulation it is clear to me that the answer is a regulator with more teeth to ensure proper competition in this sector.” See LD section. Solid contribution.
 
Qus Quigley: “So well done to the Secretary of State, and I hope he’ll make a habit of taking our good advice more often.” I’ll be blunt and admit I was tempted to give you two influence points in this section! You’ve seriously put a lot of effort into this, and it’s really paid off.  The Tories have given solid policy and have really effectively politicked to the extent that no matter what the government did, the Tories were the ones who got the good press.
 
Sadly, even though people are annoyed with the bus wars and want to see resolution, it’s not (or is unlikely to) going to be an issue either party are going to win the election off, so it has done more wonders for Quigley’s reputation than the Tories’ – and it has contributed to a sense that there is a lot of talent in the Tory Party that is underpromoted, not just Summer or Asher Grey – a lot of media outlets are wondering what wonders could be done to the Tories’ polling if Quigley’s political manoeuvring were applied to, say, the Shadow Chancellor brief.
 
(Although, with the fuel crisis, bus wars and now Hatfield perhaps it’s also better you stay put to have a strong transport message).
 
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This is why contributing to press cycles is important. Just one more contribution from Labour could’ve tipped the balance in their favour that bit more. If you see a press cycle that hasn’t been contributed to it’s your chance to nab an influence point too! All but one contributor here got an influence point almost by virtue of contributing (sorry, Coombes – your response was very good).
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