Re: Train Strike - next week
My point was that the state would never have invented railways
The state may not have invented them quite as early as "free enterprise" did, but I would contend that once the technology was possible, they would eventually have invented them. The first transport revolution was probably the turnpike toll roads, and as far as I'm aware these were state-sponsored, if not directly state-run.
One of the driving forces was the need to reduce the travel time between London and (Northern) Ireland for the post, by improving on the existing roads. Leaving aside canals (the magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct notwithstanding), if private companies hadn't got there first, government would eventually have built a railway to Holyhead for the very same reason.