Posts Tagged ‘re-nationalise’

@bringbackBR (#NHS). My MP is a Labour Whip (Shadow Cabinet member) and her comment may interest you.

August 29, 2014

This is my MP’s response to my signature on a petition email ref. future fare rises. I’ve isolated one sentence put it in Bold Face for emphasis.

As she is a member of the Shadow Cabinet, I would say that they still don’t favour this, or any other re-nationalisation.

Rather, their intent is to make privatisation “work”.

Yvonne Fovargue MP House of Commons
London
22 August 2014

Dear Mr Shale
Thank you for contacting me regarding rail fare increases and the ownership of the rail network.
I appreciate and share the concerns of passengers who are faced with steep rail fare increases and I know this is having a serious impact on household incomes. Rising rail fares and season ticket prices, which have gone up by 20% on average since 2010, are also contributing to the cost of living crisis that is affecting people across the country.
I believe there needs to be real reform of our railways in order to reduce costs and improve services for passengers. The Government should, for example, impose a strict cap on rail fares, reform ticketing and remove the power for train companies to `flex’ fares.
The Government have also made a real mess of their rail franchising programme. Their disastrous handling of the West Coast Main Line franchise has cost the taxpayer at least £55 million and they have taken the unnecessary and dogmatic decision to privatise Intercity services on the East Coast Main Line even though East Coast is working well and will have returned around £1 billion to the taxpayer by the end of this financial year.

There should, of course, be no return to old style British Rail and there can be no blank cheque.

However, it is clear that the current system is flawed and that we need to find a better way forward so that franchising arrangements reflect value for taxpayers’ money and create a more coherent system.
I know that the Shadow Transport Team are looking at pragmatic and affordable solutions to this as part of their policy review process and I can assure you that will continue to follow this closely.
I will continue to bear in mind the points you raise and I thank you once again for writing to me and for sharing your views.
Yours sincerely
Yvonne Fovargue
Labour Member for Makerfield

privatised utilities

June 9, 2010

At present the energy companies are exhorting us to save energy, even handing out energy usage monitors.

 The water companies are exhorting us to save water and even threatening a hose-pipe ban.

Puzzle: Won’t this reduce their profits?

Answer: yes it will unless they increase unit prices.

Remember these are privatised companies, responsible only to their shareholders (in France and Germany). The Board members would be sacked if share dividends were cut.

There is a green solution but it involves re-nationalising these companies.

London commute

May 27, 2010

 

Apart from 6 months, pre-privatisation of the railways, I haven’t had to endure the delights of the London commute but I feel great sympathy for the poor souls that are being so inhumanely treated by the associated private Companies. At least, pre-privatisation, I was confident of obtaining a seat for the twice daily marathon, and that was without paying a first class fare.

It would be ironic if it took a Conservative / Lib-Dem coalition Government to re-nationalise those railways, which lie in the Tory heartlands, and give them back a decent service, such that these useful members of Society could arrive at work in a sufficiently rested state as to be able to make an effective contribution to the running of the concerns that employ them.