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I’m sick of being taken for a ride too — but a Corbyn nationalisation of railways would be the slow train to hell

I'm sick of being taken for a ride too — but a Corbyn nationalisation of railways would be the slow train to hell

THE British commuter will get handled like a cross between cattle and a money level machine.

Blame the grasping, rapacious, privately-owned train corporations, who’re mountaineering their costs by three.2 per cent in January, including a mean £100 to season tickets for their awful service.

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A Corbyn nationalisation of railways would be the slow train to hell – and it is a fantasy, writes Tony Parsons

And blame the strike-crazy, Labour-backing union bosses who relish seeing commuters endure and dream of Comrade Corbyn nationalising the railways.

But why would anybody need to see the commuter-loathing Nationwide Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Staff with much more energy?

Like some Arthur Scargill tribute band, the RMT is way extra concerned with stopping trains than operating them, promising extra strikes earlier than Christmas in protest towards driver-only-operated trains — a service that has been extensively in operation now for round 30 years.

And you may blame the pampered politicians who see the world from the again seat of their chauffeur-driven limos and are reluctant to deal with our railway community as a vital public service.

 Think sadistic, politically motivated RMT strikes on steroids - after Jezza has nationalised our railways

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Assume sadistic, politically motivated RMT strikes on steroids – after Jezza has nationalised our railways

Blame the lot of them.

As a result of final Monday — Meltdown Monday — was a new low for our horrible trains, with a whole lot of hundreds of commuters unable to get to work or stranded once they tried to return house.

In the North, a factors failure outdoors Manchester and leaves on the line induced mayhem on Northern Rail.

Leaves on the line in autumn. Who might have seen that one coming?

In the South, commuters heading for Waterloo, the busiest railway station in Britain, noticed 269 trains cancelled or severely delayed earlier than 11am and other people have been helpfully suggested by South Western Railway: “Do not travel.”

 In any case, you can't nationalise a company, Network rail, that is already publicly owned - and Meltdown Monday was down to delays in engineering works

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In any case, you possibly can’t nationalise a firm, Community rail, that’s already publicly owned – and Meltdown Monday was down to delays in engineering works

This would be pitiful sufficient in some Third World failed state. For a main financial system dealing with all the uncertainties and challenges of the post-Brexit world, it isn’t ok. You possibly can’t inform hard-grafting taxpayers “Do not travel”. Getting to work shouldn’t be optionally available.

But it’s a lie for the Labour Celebration to fake that nationalising the trains and reworking them into some 21st Century model of British Rail will save our rotten railway community.

The widespread distress of Meltdown Monday was largely brought on by the failure of Community Rail to full engineering works on time.

And Community Rail is already a publicly owned firm, run by the Division of Transport.

 Commuters experience travel chaos at Waterloo - one of the busiest rail stations in the country - earlier this year

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Commuters expertise journey chaos at Waterloo – one of the busiest rail stations in the nation – earlier this yr

You see the drawback, Mr Corbyn? You’ll be able to’t nationalise a firm that’s already publicly owned.

The truth is, most of our railway community is already run by the state — simply not the British state.

The bulk of British rail franchises are owned by overseas state-backed operators.

France’s SNCF, Holland’s state-owned Nederlandse Spoorwegen and Germany’s state-backed Deutsche Bahn all personal huge chunks of our rail community, whereas the dreaded South Western Railway is collectively owned by China’s state-owned MTR Company and British firm FirstGroup.

 Passengers on some of the busiest rail routes in the country were warned of cancellations because of over-running engineering works on Monday November 19

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Passengers on some of the busiest rail routes in the nation have been warned of cancellations as a result of of over-running engineering works on Monday November 19

But if you need to know what our rail community would appear to be after Jeremy Corbyn has nationalised it, then contemplate the complete contempt with which the RMT treats the British commuter unfortunate sufficient to depend on its crummy service.

But the fantasy of nationalising the railways will develop and develop if this Tory Authorities doesn’t begin proudly owning the drawback.

This nation can’t afford any extra Meltdown Mondays. We will’t afford the sadistic, politically motivated strikes of the RMT.

We will’t afford overseas state-backed rail franchises treating the British commuter like livestock to be milked at will.

And, above all, we will’t afford to inform our grafters: “Do not travel to work.”

 The fantasy of nationalising the railways will grow and grow if this Tory Government does not start owning the problem

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The fantasy of nationalising the railways will develop and develop if this Tory Authorities doesn’t begin proudly owning the drawback

The British commuter — all these hundreds of quiet, uncomplaining, hard-working taxpayers — are being handled like mugs.

Some Tories try to freeze rail fares in the new yr, which would be welcome but not get the trains operating on time.

The Authorities should perceive that our post-Brexit financial system desperately wants a rail community that’s match for function.

Earlier than Comrade Corbyn has us all glumly munching a stale British Rail cheese and tomato sandwich, driving the slow train to hell.

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Seventies intercourse image

WHEN I used to be a Seventies pop child, the nice intercourse image of that glam, gender-bending, sexually androgynous age was Amanda Lear.

In the Sixties, Amanda, pictured, dated Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones and surrealist painter Salvador Dali but pop-crazy youngsters like me first discovered about Lear when she appeared on the cowl of the second Roxy Music album.

 It turns out Seventies sex symbol Amanda Lear is in fact a 'she' - despite rumours to the contrary

It seems Seventies intercourse image Amanda Lear is in truth a ‘she’ – regardless of rumours to the opposite

I exploit the phrase “she” advisedly.

As a result of the massive hearsay about Amanda Lear was that she had as soon as been a he.

And once you noticed Amanda sprawling throughout David Bowie’s keyboards like some mighty Amazon, or putting an assertive pose on the Roxy Music album cowl, it was straightforward to consider that she had as soon as been a man.

So think about my shock once I learn on this week’s Solar that Amanda Lear has been a lady all alongside.

“I’m a coat rack,” laughed Amanda. “And people used me to hang up all their fantasies.”

But when Amanda’s intercourse has been sorted, her age stays unsure. The most effective guess is 72.
And you understand you’re knocking on a bit when Amanda says: “The next guy who will see me naked is the medical examiner.”

Might offers dangerous Brexit to Leavers

HAS Theresa Might delivered Brexit for you?

The reality is that the 17.4million of us who voted to depart the European Union are divided now.

 Theresa May has delivered a Brexit for the 16million who voted to stay in the EU

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Theresa Might has delivered a Brexit for the 16million who voted to keep in the EU

Some will see the headline about the Prime Minister, pictured, securing the finish to freedom of motion – which means anybody from the EU being free to swan into the UK at will – and assume, “Job done”.

But leaving the EU was by no means merely about immigration.

For a lot of of us, the dream was that our nation would be free to commerce with previous buddies like Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada, and strike profitable commerce offers with rising financial powerhouses resembling India and China.

Mrs Might’s deal doesn’t set us free to commerce with the world, no matter flannel she tells us. But her deal isn’t but achieved.

 The PM has secured an end to freedom of movement but

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The PM has secured an finish to freedom of motion but

First it should get the approval of the 27 different EU nations, then it has to get via Parliament – the place Mrs Might depends upon the DUP, though for some inexplicable cause she all the time acts as if she isn’t dependent upon the DUP.

Maybe she believes that the DUP will do something to cease the IRA groupies who now run the Labour Get together from moving into 10 Downing Road.

I think she has misjudged the DUP.

And I consider that she has delivered a Brexit for the 16million who voted to keep in the EU.

As she was a Remainer herself, that comes as no nice shock. But when her deal fails – in Brussels at this time, or in Westminster very quickly – not a single soul will weep for it.

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Boris’ big-bucks Brexit

BORIS Johnson acquired £90,000 for a two-hour speech in New York. That’s £750 a minute.

Makes you would like Boris had been negotiating with ­Brussels all alongside.

Scared Bungle’s not evil

IN this land of animal lovers, Bungle the massive dopey runaway chow-chow was by no means going to get put down beneath the Harmful Canine Act for giving a police officer a couple of nips.

Widespread sense and The Solar have prevailed, and Bungle has been returned to the loving house that he foolishly ran away from earlier than stepping into his scrape with the regulation.

 Bungle the chow-chow was never going to get put down for giving a cop a couple of nips in this land of animal lovers

Bungle the chow-chow was by no means going to get put down for giving a cop a couple of nips on this land of animal lovers

After absconding, Bungle was discovered shivering underneath a lorry, giving a policeman a minor chew on the hand and the arm when the copper kindly tried to rescue him.

Not nice, of course. But no limbs have been misplaced.

There are eight million canine house owners on this nation. Each one of them will inform you the similar factor – Bungle, pictured, bit that bobby not as a result of he’s an evil canine but as a result of he was scared.

And if Bungle is a harmful canine, then I’m a dachshund.

Lulu licked higher than Cheryl

LULU used to do a music referred to as I’m A Tiger the place she would lick her wrist in a cat-like style, wanting completely cute.

Cheryl Tweedy did precisely the similar gesture throughout her rendition of Love Made Me Do It on The X Issue final week and simply seemed bizarre.

 Cheryl looked like she had dropped a bit of her dinner on her hand when she did this on X Factor

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Cheryl appeared like she had dropped a bit of her dinner on her hand when she did this on X Issue

Lulu seemed like a cat that had obtained the cream.

Cheryl appeared like she had dropped a bit of her dinner on her hand.

Spain in the a**e

SPANISH overseas minister Josep Borrell says that Spain will help an unbiased Scotland becoming a member of the EU.

The Spanish are remarkably broad-minded about the break-up of the UK.

 Gibraltar wants to remain British - no wonder, with leading Catalan politicians in jail or exile

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Gibraltar needs to stay British – no marvel, with main Catalan politicians in jail or exile

Madrid was far much less understanding when the individuals of Catalonia held a referendum about independence from Spain final yr, bussing in thuggish cops to beat up ladies and trash polling cubicles.

The referendum was deemed unlawful by Madrid but greater than two million Catalans voted for independence from Spain.

Lower than 200,000 voted towards.

Scotland had a referendum and determined to stay in the UK. If Scotland had voted to depart, the relaxation of the UK would have wished them nicely. Our Authorities would not have despatched in state thugs to beat up ladies.

In the UK, the loudest proponents of Scottish independence are free to name for one other referendum each time they like.

In Spain, many main Catalan politicians are in jail or exile. Oh, senor – no marvel Gibraltar needs to keep British!

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