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  • Doubts over driverless cars in the lion’s den

    I was worried that going to the autonomous vehicle exhibition in Stuttgart would be rather like an atheist walking into St Peter’s while the Pope was conducting a mass. There is something religious about the fervour with which adherents to the driverless credo practice their faith and promise us a new kingdom. Their proselytising has indeed convinced many. Politicians are jumping on the driverless bandwagon making outlandish statements like...

  • Boris’s last escape?

    It is time we talked about Boris. His failure to live up to his promises about opposing Heathrow just so he can remain foreign secretary is an act of cowardice and demonstrates, as ever, his utter lack of principle. But it is only the latest in a series of events that demonstrate his unfitness to be in politics. It is quite astonishing that through this all he retains his...

  • Why Sadiq must declare war on Westminster

    Westminster city council’s decision to block the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street threatens to undermine Sadiq Khan’s hopes of a legacy that will be remembered for decades. Khan is now facing the biggest test of his mayoralty. If he allows the scheme to fall by the wayside, his tenure will be seen as a failure and London will be left with a shabby, polluted street as its once-famous commercial centre....

  • Letters to the editor: We know privatising railway was wrong but what now?

    It is one thing to criticise the ways the railways have been sold off which Andrew Murray rightly identifies as a scandal. But he seems to offer no suggestion as to what a Labour government might do. ‘Renationalisation of the railways’ was a popular policy in the 2017 election but what precisely does it mean? Network Rail, which owns the track and stations, is already in public hands and...

  • Rail 854: The franchising question comes up again

    Readers, just allow me a little gloat. A short one, I promise, but indulge me. For more than a decade I have been asking ‘What is franchising for?’ and I have never received a coherent answer. Now it seems, I will never get one but with everyone in the industry agreeing that the present system is on the point of collapse, it is time for me to try to...

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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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RT @MishaMccGwire Could you imagine how awkward it would have been if we’d actually managed to get to the final and Theresa May had to be there at the end shaking all the players hands

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