Some have asked for numbers to back up the argument that trains are often not very green. An overall hypothetical calculation has been made which says that if all freight went by truck instead of train and if all train passengers went by coach carbon emissions would be 13% lower, given current generating methods for electricity. That is the measure of the task the railways face to green themselves to road standards.
The piece in the Times yesterday suggesting that David Cameron was thinking of demanding price reductions for medical treatments performed by hospitals employed by the NHS was presented as a radical departure. It is in fact this government’s policy, as they demanded a 3% cost reduction this year and expect a 3.5% one next year.
Yesterday I was asked to comment on health budgets for the Yorkshire Post and the banks for the Evening Standard. There is some growing awareness out there in the media world of the spending crisis we face.