On the Wrong Line: How Ideology and Incompetence Wrecked Britain's Railways

On the Wrong Line: How Ideology and Incompetence Wrecked Britain's Railways

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by Christian Wolmar
     
 

Britain's rail privatisation was one of the greatest political failures of recent history.


This acclaimed book serves as a valuable reminder of the risks of privatising a single, state-owned service and breaking it up into competing entities, linked by contracts instead of a shared service ethos... mistakes the Coalition Government now seems

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Britain's rail privatisation was one of the greatest political failures of recent history.


This acclaimed book serves as a valuable reminder of the risks of privatising a single, state-owned service and breaking it up into competing entities, linked by contracts instead of a shared service ethos... mistakes the Coalition Government now seems determined to repeat with the National Health Service

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044941946
Publisher:
Kemsing Publishing
Publication date:
08/23/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Christian Wolmar is an award winning writer and broadcaster specialising in transport and is the author of a series of books on railway history. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and railway events, and regularly appears on TV and radio. In 2011 was the captain of the Warwick team of graduates in Christmas University Challenge, which reached the final of the competition.


He has spent nearly all of his working life as a journalist, and his interest in transport began at The Independent when he was appointed transport correspondent in 1992. Although he mainly concentrates on transport matters, he ahs covered many other social policy issues and has written on a wide range of subjects ranging from cricket to the Private Finance Initiative.


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On the Wrong Line: How Ideology and Incompetence Wrecked Britain's Railways 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CENY More than 1 year ago
Christian Volmar is clearly a railway expert, and this book is important reading for anyone interested in railway public policy (whether in the UK or elsewhere). Unfortunately the author, in lambasting ideologues in government for privatizing the UK's rail industry, comes across as an ideologue himself. He blames privatization for basically everything that has gone wrong with the UK's railways and gives just passing consideration to bad things that happened while the railways were publicly-owned. The conclusion, in which he calls railway privatization a "crime" and refers to government officials who privatized them as "bas*ards" comes across as unhinged. To get the full picture, I would recommend reading both this book and others.