September 13th, 2004

Railway privatisation recapitulates ontology

...as we are now seeing the return of the pre-1923 railway companies. We've got Sea Containers' GNER, First's GWR, and now a planned "super-franchise" that can only be called the LNWR...

Now what - A 1923-style regrouping that will give us GNER folding into the central and northern franchises to bring back the good old LNER? Or all the London third-rail commuter services as Southern? Or even the new LNWR and Virgin's Cross Country turning into that bastion of railway proprietary, the LMS?

Only those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it...
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