It is clear that the privatisation of British Rail was - in terms of costs, customer satisfaction and safety - a success; and that the return of the railways to public control has been a disaster.
So who said this?
The Daily Telegraph. In its leader column.
Words fail me.
This is, of course, in connection with the ongoing court case over whether Railtrack shareholders deserve more of the taxpayer's money than they've already had. Answers on a postcard, please . . .