Booking the trend

Hola. Hope you are well.

The last two books I’ve read have been of a political nature, Owen Jones’ ‘The Establishment’ and Russell Brand’s, ‘Revolution’, meaning if there is a systematic change any time soon, there must be a role for me. If I were to read Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital In the Twenty-First Century’ I’d probably be leading us into the fairer future.

The book I’m currently reading is a book is an amazing book about Former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, ‘Red or Dead’ by David Peace. Usually I don’t read big books and I certainly don’t read big books with small print. However this book is both big 715 pages and has small print but as I had a book voucher I thought I’d buy a book that I wouldn’t finish before it was recalled if I got it out of a library.

Before reading a book I often pick a page at random and read a passage so I get a sense of the book. On this occasion, standing in the bookshop in Chorlton cum Hardy, an unknown comedian opened the book. And in this bookshop in Chorlton cum Hardy, an unknown comedian opened the book at page 333. In the bookshop in Chorlton cum Hardy an unknown comedian read this passage.

Four days later, on Boxing Day, 1970, in blizzards and in ice, Stoke City came to Anfield, Liverpool. That afternoon, in the blizzards and in the ice, forty-seven thousand, one hundred and three folk came, too. But in the blizzards and in the ice, Liverpool Football Club did not score. And Stoke City did not score. And in the blizzards and in the ice, Liverpool Football Club drew nil-nil with Stoke City. At home, at Anfield. It was Liverpool Football Club’s tenth draw of the season, their sixth nil-nil draw of the season. And that evening, in the blizzards and in the ice, Liverpool Football Club had twenty-six points. And Liverpool Football Club were seventh in the First Division. In the blizzards and in the ice, Liverpool Football Club were still lost, Liverpool Football Club still missing –

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A train reaction

Hola. Hope you are well.

It’s not often that I read a book with my pencil out, but that’s what I’ve been doing with Owen Jones’ book ‘The Establishment’. The pencil is to underline the different ways we are getting screwed and [SPOILER ALERT] we are getting properly screwed.

Here’s a passage from the book, I only mention it because it’s topical

According to the Office of Rail Regulation in 2013, when it came to taxpayers’ money the publicly owned East Coast mainline was the most efficient rail company, receiving far less money than any of the UK’s fifteen privately run rail franchises. Just 1% of East Coast’s income was a government subsidy, compared to up to 36 per cent for privately owned companies.

This is what the London Evening Standard said about the same line.

The East Coast mainline has generated £1bn for UK taxpayers since 2009

A couple of weeks ago it was announced that East Coast train line will be taken over by a joint venture between Stage Coach and Virgin Trains, effectively taking money out of public coffers and straight into the pockets of private shareholders. Does this seem sensible?

The government has basically taken something that is working and benefitting the public and putting it in the hands of a system that has consistently proved doesn’t work as well.

Unless of course I’m wrong and we are all happy with the state of the privatised rail network that we have.

Feel free to let me know if you are happy (or not) with your train service, whether that be the prices, the reliability of trains or the overcrowding etc.. You can contact me via the comments button or via twitter @anunknowncomic

At least we can rest easy knowing the Government wouldn’t do this with the NHS.

Til next time, stay safe!