Lost in all the electioneering hysteria has been this gem. 'Deutsche Bahn has quietly built up a formidable position in Britain's train network'.
Did you know that Germany's rail company now owns half the company which runs the London Overground as well as the Chiltern Rail and the new Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway?
Then we have the intentions of Deutsche Bahn to launch high speed rail services through the Channel Tunnel and the belief that it could buy London and Continental Railways when the Westminster government gets round to privatising it.
There is an important aspect to this buying of British Rail by the German government. By acquiring Arriva Trains Wales, (its most recent acquisition), Deutsche Bahn will be getting its hands on hundreds of millions of pounds a year of public subsidies.
That means British taxpayers' money will be running indirectly to the German treasury.
From my own experience the Germans and Swiss know how to run a railway. Efficient and clean they are and run on time. Strange how their railway systems don't grind to a halt with 'leaves on the line' or 'snow', but then I would expect that from countries who have encouraged the best engineers is the world to work for them. We educate many of those engineers yet we do not support their efforts. Because of our government's disgraceful attitude towards professionalism and research and devlopment, they have gone to work for other countries.
This post does take me back to the night in 1993 when Ken Clarke was seen on television fighting to a door in London to ensure the legislation was passed. I wondered then how successful privatisation would be and it didn't take long for me to find out.
What is it with Britain that we allow other countries to own what, in my lifetime, were services of which we were rightly proud? Britain has been the 'poaching' source of the world in the past couple of generations. Our politicians have so much to answer for.
We've allowed successive governments to sell off our country. There is no way back. Europe owns us now.
I won't mention who is supplying a considerable amount of the work/equipment involved with the Edinburgh trams. My gratitude to lady luck that I never had to considered living in that city once I returned to Scotland. Let me say I did live in Edinburgh a few times in the 70s and loved it. Those were the days!