Service sacrificed in name of profit

SO Stephen Lloyd asked the Minister the wrong question.

As your correspondents show it was pointless asking why the Eastbourne to London train took longer than it used to.

The right question is why the service generally is worse than it used to be, and personally I think the answer is obvious: privatisation.

As Karl Marx pointed out the aim of capitalism is to maximise profits, and in the case of the train companies, again as your correspondents show, the way to do that is to provide the minimum number of carriages, compartments and seats for the maximum number of fare-paying passengers, and if the majority of them have to stand without access to either refreshments or toilets, then tough!

Service has been sacrificed for profit which has become the character of all privatisation undertaken by the last conservative governments. Health service beware!

Don Clarke

Sunstar Lane, Polegate