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  • We need a new economics for government spending

    The Labour manifesto has been widely acknowledged as having plenty of good ideas and even many many people who do not necessarily vote for the party have expressed support for it. That’s because it contains plans to put more money into services used widely such as education, health and housing. The plans have been costed but clearly not to the satisfaction of the right-wing press and commentators who would,...

  • The ‘fully costed’ con

      The first question asked of any politician offering a policy initiative is ‘How much will it cost?’, followed by, ‘Where will the money come from?’. Far more attention is often given to the financial aspects than the implications of the policy itself. Labour politicians are particularly up against it in this respect. Labour is presented by its enemies as the spendthrift party with, it seems, a secret aim...

  • Rail 824: What is digital railway about? And a call for defribillators

    David Waboso is unique. I’m pretty sure that no one else in the world has the title of managing director Digital Railway. I’m sure guests he meets at dinner parties invariably ask what on earth does it mean. Then probably, unless they are techno geeks, they regret having asked the question. They shouldn’t. Waboso is very articulate about precisely what the ‘Digital Railway’ means and what it does not,...

  • Rail 823: HS2 fails to spark public imagination

    The firework display in London to mark the passing of the HS2 Bill was the biggest since D Day. An estimated half a million people thronged the Thames to view the pyrotechnics. In Trafalgar Square, tens of thousands of people heard speeches from the mayors of the northern big cities and stood attentively for three hours in the rain in an event that would have done Kim Jong-Un proud....

  • My (failed) application to be editor of the Evening Standard

    Dear Mr Lebedev   If you are looking for someone a bit left field, then I am your man: both because I am well connected in the Labour party and because I would be an unexpected but compelling choice. Your paper needs to better reflect London and for that you need a Labour-supporting editor, though a highly critical and well-informed one, ready to criticise and expose where necessary.  ...


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About Christian Wolmar

Christian Wolmar is an award winning writer and broadcaster specialising in transport and is the author of a series of books on railway history. In the autumn of 2012, he announced he is seeking the Labour candidacy for the 2016 London mayoral election. Read more >>.


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Wolmar\'s Railway Library

This is a collection of classic railway history books which I have selected for reprint and which you can buy in either e-form or as special editions.

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