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  • Don’t let Trump distract us from the basics

    We must get back to basics. The madness of Brexit and the chaos in the Tory party, as well as the ignominy of hosting Donald Trump, risk distracting us from the issues on which we should really be focussing. A friend of mine, James Gleave, recently found a woman wandering around Bletchley Station in some distress. He asked if she was alright and clearly she was not. Her story...

  • 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...

  • Rail 855: Humpty Dumpty must be put back together

    Here’s a good start. I agree with Nigel Harris. He was right to say that this is the biggest crisis facing the railways since he started writing about them, though the post Hatfield meltdown in 2000 runs it close given it featured nine hour journeys to Nottingham and two thirds of trains running late while Railtrack clearly lost control of events. However, I think this current crisis is more...

  • 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....


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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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