Thank you for focusing on fare rises and the impact that George Osborne’s plans are having on Con-Dem MPs in marginal seats.
It has surely come to something when even Thatcherites like Michael Fallon are publicly calling on the train-operating companies to show “restraint.”
But too much of the public debate has so far been limited to discussing whether we should replace one private rail operator with another.
The real alternative, public ownership, still needs campaigners to point out its merits.
The TUC annual conference this week and Labour conference provide key platforms to push this issue up the agenda.
Contemporary motions from constituency Labour parties can help remind all concerned that it is Labour conference policy to take our rail services back into public ownership as soon as each existing contract expires.
Such a policy is not only economically necessary, it will also demonstrate very clearly the warped priorities of the current vulnerable administration. Francis Prideaux London W9