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The privatisation of the railways had nothing to do with trying to make them better.
It was driven by the ideological fervour of a few Tory MPs, before attracting the support of the privatisation unit in the Treasury led by Steve Robson (later Sir Steve), who loathed British Rail with a passion and later was a non-executive director of RBS during its worst excesses.
This article first appeared on locoexpress.com.au
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