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Right-leaning commentator backs Corbyn call for rail renationalisation

Calls for Britain’s railways to be taken back into public hands are traditionally associated with the political Left, but one influential right-of-centre columnist has also suggested that this would be a good thing.

Rik Thomas
24 November 2017

“It'd time for the Tories to admit rail privatisation has been a disaster,” Spectator columnist Ross Clark suggested on 9 November. “Surely the point of rail privatisation was to reduce the cost to the taxpayer, transfer financial risk to the private sector, keep fares down, give passengers more choice and end rail strikes. None of these things has been delivered.

“Fares, as well as subsidy, have gone up,” said Clark. “While a few places… have gained...

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