Here we are folks, this is what we've all been waiting for. The first train related rant of 2009. Stress balls at the ready...
Obviously, I'm in favour of the rises. I don't mind paying more for my commute, because the government has shown that it can be prudent with money. At a time when we should be concerned about the environment it's very wise of them to reduce investment in the railway network. Besides, the increases have been offset by the fact that the VAT reduction saved me 2p on my cup of coffee at Victoria recently.
It's too early to say for definite whether or not I can actually expect an improvement in the level of service, but in the unlikely event that I begin to find standing up for most of my journey home a bit wearing I will obviously complain to the train operating company concerned; they don't have much of an excuse with our pro-Rail friends in charge at Number 10. The government, of course, makes it very easy for them to offer the service people want, and their system of targets works very well. I have to admit that I did get a bit cold on waiting on the station platform earlier today as I watched two fairly empty trains sail through non-stop, but I know that such apparent "cancellations" are for the Greater Good. I know that the aforementioned trains will have made it to their destination on time, and I look forward to the warm fuzzy feeling I will get when I see the next round of punctuality figures. It won't be long before Gordon Brown and his chums are hailing the fact that punctuality figures have improved a lot under their reign, and when that day comes I shall look back with pride at the times I endured lengthy delays on a cold platform to make this happen.
As 2009 dawns, it's good to see that caring for people is a thing of the past. As with the railways, so with the NHS. Why worry about what things are like for the individual at the bottom of the pile when you can have statistics which look this good?