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  • The dangerous myth of the driverless future

    On 7th May 2016, Joshua Brown left a family trip to Disney World, Florida. He was heading back to his home in Ohio when his car struck the trailer section of a truck. He was found dead at the scene. At first, it seemed there was nothing unusual about the accident—just one road death among the 38,000 that occur in the United States every year. Investigators found that the...

  • We don’t have to slavishly bow out of Europe

    On Friday, I sent out a tweet, purely on impulse. It said that we, the Labour Party, must be the party of Remain. The response was, quite unexpectedly, tremendous, with more than five hundred likes and retweets. The argument clearly has resonance. We are living in perilous times. It is no exaggeration to say that the Labour Party is facing an existential threat. Our ability to deal with the...

  • The franchise farce must end

    Delays, cancellations and overcrowding – the railways are going through a particularly bad patch just as the Christmas rush is building up. Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, announced plans to improve the railways with ‘passengers at the heart of the service’ but these were quickly dismissed by critics as doing nothing to address the fundamental problems affecting the network. The best railways in the world are those in Japan...

  • Richmond blog #11 – and final

    The final hustings of the campaign on Tuesday night, attended by 250 people, showed up the weakness of the two candidates. Zac Goldsmith’s idea of turning the by-election into a referendum on Heathrow clearly backfired as most of the audience wanted to talk about other policies, while Sarah Olney did not put forward a single idea for what she would do as MP. I focussed both setting out what...

  • Prospect blog: It was Brexit wot won Richmond Park

    My campaign did not get off to the best of starts. An eagle-eyed reporter—well, a Google-literate one—on the Telegraph spotted that I had written an article for The Oldie magazine on how toilet roll was an outdated and unhygienic practice when Japanese-style spray toilets were far superior. So my first headline after being selected as Labour candidate for Richmond Park concerned my plan to ban toilet paper. In retrospect...


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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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