A one-off or part of a developing trend? Your guess is as good as mine. But this story is notable for at least one other thing, the hypocrisy of the (unelected) government minister behind the decision, "Lord" Adonis (another oily team-Mandelson member). He said:
The government is not prepared to renegotiate rail franchises, because I'm simply not prepared to bail out companies that are unable to meet their commitments.I see. I take it banks aren't companies, then, are they? Priceless.
See, Labour idiots, it's all about consistency. Consistency denotes principle, which speaks to character. The conclusions to draw about Labour from that statement are surely obvious.
Excellent Guardian article on this latest development here. And a reasonable Q&A BBC piece has popped-up here. Both clearly reveal that the government's shambolic franchise system is the chief cause of this latest calamity. They also imply that this could just be the beginning. After Mandelson's U-turn on privatisation of the mail, you'd be forced to conclude that Labour is definitely shifting on economic policy - to the left.