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Press Cycle #17: Railtrack 2.0
#1
"Did the Government do the right thing putting Railtrack into administration?"

Closes at 23:59 19/03
Steve
Will be doing things soon
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I think this is the first step towards the right solution, but not the solution. We still need to ensure that the trains run on time, so to speak, by fully nationalizing our railways and getting it out of the hands of the self-serving, incompetent business interests that led to this mess in the first place. Besides, I'd much rather have profits generated from British citizens using our railways going into the national budget versus the pockets of foreign investors.
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The government has been more than fair to Railtrack and has done the only responsible thing by placing it into administration. The government has consistently attempted to permit Railtrack to operate rail infrastructure provided legal and financial obligations were met. When it became clear these obligations could not be met and Railtrack's model was unsustainable the government acted quickly to protect taxpayers and the national rail infrastructure. 
Omari Omondi MP
Member of Parliament for Tooting (1997-)
Labour Party




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In any other sector of the economy if a business cannot afford to pay its way it goes into administration and then it finds a buyer or goes under completely. That is what the Government have done here to pick up the pieces from the disastrous Tory privatisation experiment. We were promised private sector efficiency and cost with public sector safety and service, we got private sector safety for even more than it cost under the nationalised system. That is not sustainable, that is not morally justifiable, the Government have of course done the right thing in placing it into administration pending the next steps.
The Rt Hon Sir Dylan Macmillan MP
MP for Bedfordshire Mid (1983-Present)

Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition (1992-Present)
Secretary of State for Energy 1987-1990

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Whilst the news of administration is welcome, the government must go one step further and fully nationalise our railways. Previous Tory governments have promised much and then delivered very little, and their current silence is absolutely deafening. Will the Tories ever take responsibility for the mess that their obsession with privatisation, whatever the cost and whatever the outcome, has created, or will they continue to hide from the British public that they seek to govern when the difficult questions are asked? If the Tories are serious about government when will they get serious about addressing the day-to-day issues that hundreds of thousands of commuters are facing?

Unfortunately we will get more of the same. More silence, more ducking responsibility, and in a few years time we will get more of the same tired spiel about how nationalisation is a failure. This Labour government must not bow to Tory pressure, especially when their track record is in tatters. Let's not be cowed, and let's nationalise the railways once and for all. Let's have a transport system that works for everyone.
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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With Railtrack going into administration it is clear that the ideological drive to privatisation from the Conservatives has failed spectacularly. The obsession with privatising everything that wasn't bolted down has pushed national infrastructure to the brink of collapse and the Government has taken action to ensure that the national railways will be run for national good. Something as important as our country's railways should not be the cash cow for fat cats looking to make a quick profit, they must be managed and maintained for the good of every British person. The Government will now look to it's next course of action to ensure that our railways continue to thrive and serve the British public.
Rt Hon Oscar Hattingly QC MP
Member for Truro
Leader of the Liberal Democrats
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Press Cycle closed.
“Yes. It’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies and… everybody lives happily ever after.”
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Labour: 40
 
Resounding victory – public instinct on this matter was always going to be on Labour’s side, but nationalisation is a bit of a dirty word even when popular. However, as a team you made a ridiculously strong case for it, you had no opposition and on this issue you have the public fully on side.
 
Conservatives: 0
 
Seriously? These issues matter to people. Contribute.
 
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Elizabeth Tanner: “Something as important as our country’s railways should not be the cash cow for fat cats looking to make a quick profit, they must be managed and maintained for the good of every British person.” Repeats the government line in the respectable way you’d expect from a former PM – but has a populist slant the public can eat up.
 
Alexander Krugo: “We still need to ensure that the trains run on time, so to speak, by fully nationalising the railways and getting it out of the hands of the self-serving, incompetent business interests that led to this mess in the first place.” Have another populist cookie! This contribution can (arguably) be the only one in the cycle interpreted as critical of govt policy – but, then again, considering it effectively makes the case the govt need to go further, this doesn’t bode well for the Tories.
 
Barbara Bond: “Will the Tories ever take responsibility for the mess that their obsession with privatisation, whatever the cost and whatever the outcome, has created, or will they continue to hide from the British public that they seek to govern when the difficult questions are asked?” It was all going so positive. I wonder if anybody would (outright) attack the Tories. And you did so pretty brutally!
“Yes. It’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies and… everybody lives happily ever after.”
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