Private Thoughts on the Train

Today, the 5th of November 2013, marks the twentieth anniversary of rail privatisation in the United Kingdom. The operators are making stratospheric profits, the Guardian reports. According to the article, the passengers (not surprisingly considering the paper’s tendencies?), got the rough end of the stick, since they don’t have free WiFi or a guaranteed seat.

Reading this on a German state-owned train at this time, without internet access or guaranteed seats, but lots of delays, dirt and breakdowns, I can’t help but wonder why we seem to be stuck between Scylla and Charibdis.