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Offline Deej

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Re: Foreign Aid
« Reply #75 on: 23-01-2015, 11:13:30 »
You're correct, Harley and Jane. They are the two government owned rail operators, although 75% of UK rail franchises are owned by foreign state-owned or backed rail companies according to research by the  transport trades union RMT http://actionforrail.org/three-quarters-of-uk-rail-owned-by-foreign-states-research-reveals/

The government does have a responsibility to invest in our rail service and to cap fares at a certain level and so do the other operators. At the moment, as a regular user of trains, I seem to see my fare go up every year above inflation and don't see the quality of the service go up with it. I would like to complete nationalisation.




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Re: Foreign Aid
« Reply #76 on: 23-01-2015, 12:35:39 »
My Understanding is that Network Rail is the government run body that looks after the track etc , but the train services are a disjointed number of various private companies, who often blame one another when problems occur. I believe track, stations, and train services should a  nationalised service run by just one accountable  body.   

Offline Jane Marple

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Re: Foreign Aid
« Reply #77 on: 23-01-2015, 14:17:37 »
By hubby can explain the Railways, better than I can, working on them as a consultant.  Principly 90% of the rolling stock is owned by three banks, who trade under various names.  One of which is Angle Trains.  DB Railways in Germany own, Ariva Trains, Cross Country Trains, EWS Freight, and Heathrow Express.

But as I said the whole net work is quite complicated in it's workings!!
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Offline Mudgie

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Re: Foreign Aid
« Reply #78 on: 16-10-2017, 00:46:18 »
St Helena relies on British aid of £52m a year for its population of just 4,255 which works out as £12,221, over £1000 a month, per resident.
The tiny island has managed perfectly well for centuries with a regular boat service but now a ‘white elephant’ airport has been built with £285m of funding from the UK Department for International Development, so that’s £66,980 for each island resident at a time when some over here claim we can’t afford a proper high speed railway line linking London with the Midlands and North.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41620003

Offline Mudgie

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Re: Foreign Aid
« Reply #79 on: 11-02-2018, 01:38:28 »
The Department for International Development, which gave Oxfam nearly £32m last year, is reviewing funding after the Haiti prostitution scandal ; .
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43013669

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Re: Foreign Aid
« Reply #80 on: 13-02-2018, 11:06:21 »
I knew Father Philip North when he was a parish priest in Camden Town. He was on Thought for Today this morning, and had this to say:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09r3nnp#play

He starts 1hr 48 minutes into the programme.
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Offline Mudgie

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Re: Foreign Aid
« Reply #81 on: 16-02-2018, 01:35:55 »
HQ,
I’ve not known many ecclesiastic folk but did visit George Austin the Archdeacon of York’s residence during the 1990s.
Yes, there’s nothing there I could disagree with including that “the poor will end up paying the cost of the sins of the rich”. Agnostic John Humphreys is opposed to the Today programme including a Thought For The Day slot but I’ve often heard more sense in those three minutes than in the rest of the three hour programme.

Offline Courtenay

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Re: Foreign Aid
« Reply #82 on: 16-02-2018, 08:36:11 »
That was a really good and thought-provoking statement from Father Philip — thanks, Harley. I've certainly been inclined to think "they're not getting another cent of my money" in the wake of the Oxfam scandal; I don't donate to them regularly but have often bought things from their shops, here and in Australia (where, incidentally, they sell fair trade goods rather than second hand items), and I worked as a volunteer at their central Brisbane shop years ago. But that was a very good point that boycotting Oxfam will hurt their beneficiaries rather than those who have actually done wrong.

I must admit I'm still finding it difficult to feel comfortable with the thought of spending my money at an Oxfam shop again — and I was a bit perturbed when I looked at their website the other day and found no reference to the crisis (even a short apology would have been a start) — but just today they've released a statement on what they're going to do to "stamp out abuse" in the organisation, so that's something.

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Re: Foreign Aid
« Reply #83 on: 16-02-2018, 09:13:55 »
but have often bought things from their shops, here and in Australia (where, incidentally, they sell fair trade goods rather than second hand items)

Our local Oxfam had a large Fair-Trade section, too.

Incidentally, Father Philip is a really lovely, genuine man. He Christened our grandson and we had the run of the Vicarage afterwards. It was a lovely day, so some spilled out into his garden and I gave an impromptu piano concert on his piano! He used to let the homeless into the church for shelter and was sadly missed when he left Camden.
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