The ultimate insult: Tory privatisation means European state-owned rail firms profit – not you

[Image: TSSA Union.]

We’ve established that the citizens of the UK – whether we use trains or not – are subsidising rail companies by nearly £4 billion a year.

We’ve also established that £3.5 billion of that money is used as profit by the railway operating companies.

Now you have proof that most of the £3.5 billion goes to German, Dutch and French nationalised railway services. It makes their services better while we are given trash.

This is the ultimate result of Conservative privatisations. They LOVE it!

Tories don’t care where your money goes, as long as you don’t have it, or anything like decent services or a decent standard of living.

That’s why they intend to continue privatising your assets and services, until foreign nationalised industries control everything (apart from, maybe, the courts and defence, if you believe David Cameron).

If you think about it, the Tories are making sure that Germany won the Second World War after all – 70 years after the event.*

Even if you can’t accept that, ask yourself whose side the Tories are really on.

It will never be yours.

Here’s the TSSA video that hammers the point home:

British taxpayers are paying for nationalised rail services in Europe, and the French, Dutch and German people would like to say thank you.

And it’s nothing to do with us still being in the EU.

As ticket prices skyrocket again today, a new video points out the absurdity at the heart of Britain’s privatised railways.

Huge chunks of Britain’s rail operating companies are now owned by the French, Dutch and German governments.

A chunk of the profits made from hiking fares in the UK are paid in dividends to state-owned companies such as Keolis, Arriva and Abellio.

Source: British taxpayers are subsidising European train fares and it’s nothing to do with the EU

*This is not to suggest that the Nazis could ever be said to have won World War II. If you want to find anything corresponding with Nazism in Germany or the UK, your best bet is – again – the Tory government.

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5 thoughts on “The ultimate insult: Tory privatisation means European state-owned rail firms profit – not you

  1. Christine Bergin

    Would anyone care to guess how much subsidy BR got from any govt each year cos it sure werent billions and was sometimes clawed back. some one gets the profit and it isnt the tax payer. Any pofits from gas electricity and railways served to help pay for education and health care. Think of a milkmaids stool.The hotels owned by BR were sold off for less than the value of the silverware in them but the Gleneagles Hotel has been resold since for very large amounts. Where is the taxpayer return on that. (Probably off-shored.)

  2. Tristram Wyatt

    I agree fully with the point being made by the TSSA video but I don’t think taking this xenophobic line is a good one. It’s good to highlight the ideologically driven absurdity of banning UK nationalized railway but allowing foreign national railways to own and profit from us. But can we not find another way of getting the message across.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I have a lot of sympathy for what you’re saying. I think TSSA went for the strongest angle they could. And they’re not saying foreigners are nasty; they all said “Thank you” on the video. They’re just saying foreigners are taking advantage of the utter, infantile stupidity of the Conservatives.

  3. Dez

    Just goes to confirm that Governments keep their populations truly informed as to what is actually going on around us….total open transparency…… yup nationalised railways are now looking like an attractive revisit.

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