Ministers forced into climbdown in row over raw sewage being dumped into rivers – Mirror Online


Environment Secretary George Eustice said a new legal duty would be imposed on water companies to “progressively reduce” the amount of sewage pumped into waterways – as Tories sought to avoid a Lords defeat

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In a, so called, developed country how is it that any raw sewage is deliberately pumped into any waterways, let alone impose a duty to progressively reduce such.

This should no longer be ‘Victorian’ Britain for we should have progressed after so many years much further. I think much of this is down to the fact that much of the UK sewage system is still Victorian  and this is down to the total lack of investment over the years, which in the UK is not unknown, a case of out of sight, out of mind.

In the UK this is done all the time, railways, jet propulsion, in fact most thing which the UK was the inventor of, but investment is always way short.

You can’t count on the Government for they are only bothered with political motives, mainly to score points off each other, rather than the parties working for the common good of all in the UK.

If labour are for it then the Conservatives will not be and then if the Conservatives are for then labour is against. then there is the Liberal Democrats, or is there, for who knows what they stand for. The SNP are only there for Scotland or again are they, for are they only there for the SNP.

But this is not helping the sewage situation, but investment there is in a long queue, a very long queue.

 

Source: Ministers forced into climbdown in row over raw sewage being dumped into rivers – Mirror Online

Britain’s railways were nationalised 70 years ago – let’s not do it again : The Conversation


It is 70 years since the era of public rail ownership began in Great Britain. The British Transport Commission formally took control of the operation and planning of the whole network, having been brought into existence by Clement Attlee’s Labour government under the Transport Act 1947 (the name British Rail didn’t appear until 1965).

At the time, the network was in dire need of investment. The Railways Act 1921 had consolidated over 100 operators into “the big four” – Great Western; London, Midland & Scottish; London & North Eastern; and Southern Railways. They had been financially squeezed by rules that forced them to carry freight at rates that were often unprofitable, and competition from an emerging road sector that had been prioritised for public investment.

The rail network had then been worn to the bone in supporting the war effort and considerably damaged by German Luftwaffe bombing. Rail safety had become a serious concern: two major accidents in the southand north of England within two days in October 1947, resulted in 60 fatalities, and contributed to that year being the second deadliest in British railway history.

 

Source: Britain’s railways were nationalised 70 years ago – let’s not do it again : The Conversation