From John Borgar, who all of us know around here:
On my disgruntled way home I heard the News saying that Mick Lynch claimed he had targeted disruption ahead of the Conservative Party Conference not at the London Marathon – my wife’s reaction is roughly pull the other one it has legs on as those attending the Conference can drive whereas one cannot get to the London Marathon by car. On those (OK few) occasions that I have run the London since moving out of the City I have used a train to get into the metropolis and those living in the north or midlands (let alone Scotland and Wales) need to travel into London on Saturday. Mick Lynch’s spite is hurting thousands of guys and gals who have spent months training pretty hard, some to achieve PBs, more to raise useful money for charities – some will not be able to run at all, thousands will be well below their best after driving a hundred miles or more the previous day straining their leg muscles on overcrowded roads
My response, which didn’t go through (some email problem, sigh) was to point to the joy of nationalised industries.
Which, I think I’m right in saying, the trains really are now. The train companies, the franchises, have been called in haven’t they? At least some of them have at least. Where the OpCo is just taking a percentage of sales as a management fee and DoT is carrying the risks and the losses.
So, who is Mick Lynch stricking against? The taxpayers.
Oh, right, welcome to the joys of nationalised industries.