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Small Mercies

by | 17th, June 2003

‘IT is hard to know from reading the papers this morning which country is in greater chaos at the moment Iraq or Britain.

The train on Platform 3 is the 08.16, calling at all stations to Baghdad

While the Telegraph leads on a British accusation that the post-war rebuilding of Iraq is in chaos, the Independent focuses on problems closer to home.

It labels transport ”Labour’s most spectacular failure” an impressive achievement given the competition and says the system is pretty well at crisis point.

Rail passengers face ”inflation-busting fare increases” and ”cuts in mainline services”, while the reliability of services remains at best static.

”Despite a massive increase in investment, train services are still deteriorating,” the paper says.

Some 19.5% of trains were late in the first three months of the year compared with 19.1% in the first three months of 2002, and complaints were up 8% on the year.

As for congestion on the roads, motorists face a 25% increase in traffic over the next seven years, unless congestion charging is brought in.

All of which should make the decision for Iraqi refugees on whether to return to their homeland that much easier.

However, a look at the Telegraph might make them think twice.

A senior British official in Baghdad tells the paper the US-led reconstruction effort is in chaos

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