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Regular Feature: Issue 347 10 Oct 2008

Can the railway strengthen the pace of reform and improvement?

By Tom Winsor, Partner, White & Case, London and Rail Regulator, Great Britain, 1999 - 2004

By Tom Winsor

“Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind ... We might as well require a man to wear the coat that fitted him as a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regime of their ancestors.” So said Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776. They are inscribed on the interior of the rotunda of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC, and should be remembered by transport professionals who face...

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