As the SKWAWKBOX covered earlier, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald has responded to the announcement of the biggest hike in rail fares in five years with video and personal campaigning to reaffirm Labour’s commitment to renationalising rail – a policy supported by around six in ten people in the UK.
In a ‘you couldn’t make it up’ moment, his personal campaigning has been interrupted by – you’ve guessed it – a broken down train:
My day of campaigning has been interrupted by a broken down train on the recently bailed-out Virgin East Coast on the same day fares are hiked by 3.6%. Let’s take our railway back into public ownership! pic.twitter.com/Y6YrK0iTMT
— Andy McDonald MP (@AndyMcDonaldMP) January 2, 2018
The breakdown occurred on a train operated by Virgin East Coast – the bailed-out operator who this morning had to delete an offensive response to a tweeted complaint about sexism by an employee.
Privatised rail has suffered from under-investment, poor service and overcrowding under the Tories, to the detriment of passengers forced to pay more and more for less and less.
This latest #RailFail is a perfect backdrop to Labour’s excellent and widely-supported policy.
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