Like most of you, I'm sure, I feel for all those involved in Friday's tragic train crash.
However, on reading various comments - such as those on the BBC News page - I am left speechless at the few who feel the need to spin out this latest incident to promote their blinkered and narrow minded call for renationalisation.
It may not surprise you to know that I am not a fan of nationalisation (consider the disaster that the British car industry became in the 1970s, for a start). Almost by default therefore I must be pro-privatisation, and certainly my experience of the post-privatisation railway is a postive one, with a much better service on offer - a point proven by the vast increase in passenger numbers - and marred only by incompetent governmental interference.
Even if you disagree with me however, I think you'd be hard pushed to legitimately use Friday's accident to argue your point . Would it have still occurred under a nationalised system? Probably. And consider this; as it stands, defective points are thought to be to blame. Points, which are maintained, directly, by the government's Network Rail. On the other hand, the train - designed, built, and pushed in to service as a result of the vision and investment from a private company - survived an impact at 95mph more or less intact, saving many lives as a reuslt.
I rest my case.
Actually, I would rest my case here, but I would like to add one more point. A while back, amidst a few 'untruths', Railtrack was disbanded at a large cost to the shareholders, and Network Rail was formed. I think safety reasons were cited. Something to do with an incident involving defective points was the catalyst, if I remember rightly...