After five years in public ownership, in which it was one of only two train franchises to make a positive contribution to the UK Exchequer, paying a total of £1 billion to the Treasury during that period, it was let to Virgin and Stagecoach.
I am aware that these two companies are meant to pay a significant sum for the privilege of operating this route.
Well, yes, as I say:
That capitalists are pledging to give the government £3.3 billion over 8 years, the public sector organisation gave the government £1 billion over 5.
Clearly the better deal for the public is to have the capitalists running it. Might not be the better deal for those in receipt of a union paycheque but who gives a fuck about them?