Desperate commuters, it’s time for a rebellion the government can’t ignore | Polly Toynbee

Desperate commuters, it’s time for a rebellion the government can’t ignore | Polly Toynbee
Southern rail’s appalling service means people are losing jobs, while in the north lines are left to rot. Train users must take action now

Politicians foolish enough to search for “Britishness”, those ineffable qualities and values that define who we think we are, conjure up strings of imagined characteristics, virtually all of which have turned out to be wrong.

No, we are not the tolerant, moderate folk we pretend: the Brexit vote put an end to that notion, as we, the country that has taken a tiny number of refugees, vote to keep out foreigners at any price, however self-harming. As the Germans take a million refugees and the Italians and Greeks absorb thousands a week, imagine the paroxysms of national hysteria if the Isle of Wight suddenly received Lampedusa’s boatloads of migrants every day.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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