Evening Standard: "Anthony Hilton: Tracking down the real rail culprits"

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"It would be a shame if last week’s fiasco over the West Coast Main Line rail franchise should fade into history without the blame being pinned firmly where it belongs — not on a trio of now-suspended civil servants, but on Theresa Villiers, the former Transport Minister.

"She it was who, while in opposition, dreamed up the idea that rail franchises should be lengthened to 15 years. In power, she said there should be a lessening of the rules attached to the franchises, so the operators would have much more freedom to run the service in their own way, but in return they would have to take on all the financial risk of the operation."

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