SNP Government’s fantastic deal for Scotrail saving taxpayers MILLIONS!

In the Herald today, David Leask, Chief Reporter for the Wigan Times:

Dutch taxpayers have been bailing out ScotRail with loans worth around £1 million a month.The most recent financial figures available suggest Scotland’s national train operator has been kept afloat by its owner, Abellio, a wing of the Netherlands state railway.

I’m not sure the Herald sees the positives in this, but my headline does.

Is this what we used to call, back in the day, ‘going Dutch’, where your girlfriend (there were only two sexes to my knowledge when I was young before The War (Vietnam!) went ‘haffers’ on the cost of a meal out?

Mind you, I feel sure Murdo Fraser will tweet ‘Scotland so poor it needs England AND Holland to subsidise it!’

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

5 thoughts on “SNP Government’s fantastic deal for Scotrail saving taxpayers MILLIONS!

  1. Leask us a proven UK Hov asset by way of his hacked communications with the U Gov’s outsourced deep counter intelligence internet influence operation.
    In an ex millhouse in Auchtermuchty of all places.

    Collabo in a mild description of the lizard cum snake.

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  2. Leask us a proven UK Hov asset by way of his hacked communications with the U Gov’s outsourced deep counter intelligence internet influence operation.
    In an ex millhouse in Auchtermuchty of all places.

    Collabo in a mild description of the lizard cum snake.

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  3. One of the supposed ‘benefits’ of privatisation was that the franchisee holders would ‘bear the risk’, so, perhaps this is what the owners of Abellio are doing.

    We saw how quickly the franchise holder for the East Coast mainline bailed out when the supposed profits did not materialise. Then, for a number of years it was operated successfully by a public body and, once it was back to ‘profitability’, it had to be returned(by Failing Grayling, no less) to the private sector, because, it goes without saying, they know how to run things at a profit!!!!!!! … especially when that profit comes directly from the Exchequer for running a railway, for which they do not wish to invest in track improvements. It would eat into bonuses and dividends and we can’t have that, can we?

    However, what is the ‘dog whistle’ message that the Herod is trying to put across? Is it against public ownership? Is it just a chance to say SG baaaaad? Is it another example of Scotland cannae manage things oan its ain?

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