I'm not being clever with anything there mm.
I just find that trying to shoe-horn the immediate port-war financial state of the UK into a simplistic left-right argument is about as wrong as it
The truth is that the Gov of the day could not just merely have resurrected the rail industry anymore than they could the steel industry or the coal
industry or any of the other industries they were forced to involve themselves with.
It's true they had an ideological interest in doing so too but everyone of those industries was bust or on the verge of collapse.
The central point in all of this is that 'UK plc' was bankrupt.
The truth is that we were utterly flat broke and there was no private sector alternative.
The only place money might be raised was by the central Gov
(but only after protracted grovelling to the Americans who, despite promising us substantial loans during WW2 ended up giving us loans far smaller
than what we needed or asked for.)
I suggest you might like to read the story of how that nasty little episode in power-politics broke the health of and killed Maynard Keynes; US policy
was absolutely to demote the UK from a leading world power to merely being an adjunct to the USA who would then be the leading world power.
I'd suggest this as an excellent place to
start.The peace of illusions
Happily for those behind such grand geopolitical schemes it was very useful to lay all the blame on the postwar Labour Gov for promoting a (as they
told it) 'disastrous socialist
It is a myth that has sustained generations of torys and those favouring the right-wing perspective here.
As for your complaints about how things are today?
Too many of us want and drive cars.
That's it in a nutshell.
A small fortune in public money has been spent on the roads in the last 10 years, ditto the railways and air transport too for that matter.
But I'm all for integrated transport systems and agree we ought to be taking a leaf out of our European neighbour's books on that one.....
....except that isn't what you meant is it?
You're not in the least but interested in a Euro type solution cos the taxes to pay for it are anathema to you.
It seems to me that you prefer the delusion that we can be reasonably compared to Hong Kong or perhaps somewhere like Singapore.
....and btw despite varying degree of result the truth is that there are no places with a perfect solution to this one either.