So there we are. Finally the end of the 2022 conference season. I have been attending party conferences for over thirty years and in that time they have changed dramatically. From annual gatherings of friends and fellow activists, debating the big issues, listening to the great leaders of the day, in pretty seaside towns, they have now changed into ugly soulless events dominated by corporate clap-trap, no debate, no votes, and fewer and fewer recognisable faces.
Transport expert Christian Wolmar warns of the worst rail crisis since privatisation if managers and unions don’t get their act together.