If I need some basic repairs carrying out on my car or my house, I know that the cheapest way to get the repairs done is to do it myself. It is faster and easier and cheaper.
Why should it be any different for the nation? If we want cost-effective roads, railways and other essential infrastructure, it is common sense for us to own and maintain them ourselves. It’s faster and easier and because we are not paying someone else’s profits it is far cheaper. Public ownership simply makes sense.
Other nations make a success of it. They are even running our rail services and taking the profits for their governments.
Keolis is 70% owned by the French government’s national rail service SNCF. It owns 35% of Govia, which runs the Govia Thameslink, Southern, Southeastern and London Midland franchises.
Arriva UK Trains, which operates a string of services including Chiltern, CrossCountry, Grand Central, Northern, Arriva Rail London and Arriva Trains Wales, is owned by Deutsche Bahn – whose sole shareholder is the Federal Republic of Germany.
Abellio is the international arm of the state-owned Dutch national rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen.
If you really want to upset yourself about this, watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvagsSOlAy4
Do we think so little of ourselves that we can’t do the same? Isn’t it time to bring essential public services back into public ownership?