Overcrowding has been endemic on Britain’s railways since time out of mind. And this is not due to who owns our railways. Britain’s railways have never provided enough coaches with enough seats on all routes to meet demand. This is true of not only the two decades since privatisation in 1995 but also the five […]

My grandfather on my Mother’s side was Albert Stocker, the eldest of four brothers born in Battersea in the 1880s and 1890s. His youngest brother was Arthur. By the time the First World War broke out at the end of July 1914, Albert was already a corporal in the Territorial Army but his three brothers […]

Officially Shai Masot is a junior member of staff at the Israeli Embassy in London. In fact he is an Israeli agent and army officer who was plotting to create a scandal to destroy the career of junior foreign minister Alan Duncan. He was plotting with Maria Strizzolo, who until today worked for Robert Halfon MP, […]

The Department for Transport today announced that it is “deferring” Great Western main line electrification to Bristol, Oxford, Henley and Windsor. It aims to reach Cardiff in 2019, Swansea in 2024 and presumably Newbury in 2017, but the rest of the project is shelved. Rail minister Paul Maynard has given no dates for resuming the […]

George Carey was Archbishop of Canterbury 1991–2002 and is now a life peer. He supports the many apartheid checkpoints that Israel illegally operates in East Jerusalem and the West Bank as “sadly needed”. Ignoring the fact that Israel has oppressed Palestinians ever since it was founded in 1948, Carey claims he is saddened by the […]

On 2 August several square metres of brickwork fell off one side of a road bridge over the Midland Main Line at Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire. Tons of rubble landed on the railway and all trains were stopped. There are no trains between Leicester and Loughborough, and hence no trains from Sheffield, Derby or Nottingham to St Pancras. On 2 […]

On 26 April Israel’s new Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, spoke at the Oxford Union. Three days later I sent a 300-word letter to The Oxford Times about his speech, and a street protest against him that was held outside the building. Any newspaper has the right to edit letters. In addition The Oxford Times sets a limit of […]