Politics on the Rails
The economy exists to serve people. To imagine the reverse is idolatry
A guest post by Brian the Brainy Biking Boxer
On a packed train swishing north through England’s summer a stand-off simmers: passengers without seats versus a train manager with several. Just one problem: class.
Standard class is jammed. You can’t even stand. Three lost travellers squeeze into a square metre of floor by the toilet, smells and all. One of them spots that most of first class, a coffee-scented oasis spied through company-branded perspex, is empty. But her attempt to claim an unused seat is blocked by a uniform.
“You haven’t paid. If I let you sit in here it wouldn’t be fair to those who have.”
“But we have paid for a seat. There just aren’t any back there. And these ones are empty.”
“I’m sorry; there’s nothing I can do.”
A choice is made: the dignity and comfort of these toilet-dwelling passengers versus the integrity of the train’s…
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