|Re: So.. was privatisation a success or not?
Group: uk.railway · Group Profile
Author: Brian Robertson Date: Jan 6, 2008 13:08
"MM" yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
>I would like to have a "British Railways" back.
That's an interesting question which will, no doubt, get many different
responses. To me, there is another, possibly more important question. As
things stood at the time, with the obsession with selling off the family
silver at rock bottom prices and to the detriment of the public, would the
railways have been Serpelled without privatisation. Was the alternative ever
between BR and privatisation or was it between privatisation or massive
But to answer your actual question, I don't know, but look at the Post
Office. Starved of the investment that early privatisation could have
brought, hampered with old style management who seem incompetent, and cut
adrift from the telecoms arm that was always likely to be profitable and had
both feet firmly in the future, the PO has been left to wither and die.
Other than at Christmas when we send cards, the PO is just the national
deliver of bills and spam.
I hate privatisation, but without it I think that BR would have become like
a sick tree, with branches withering and dieing.