“After a century of agitation the railways have became nationalised. The fact is accomplished and will be accepted.
“In return the public ask one favour. It is to be spared the canting humbug which announces to the harassed traveller: ‘They are your railways now.’
“That is claptrap. The railways no more belonged to him on January 1st, 1948, than they did on December 31st, 1947. If anything, the humble citizen will be of even less account than he used to be.
“The railways have merely been transferred from private capitalism to State capitalism.” (From the Daily Mail, 2/1/48).