Mad Markets Do Not Serve Us

Here’s an example of just how mad the so-called free market is. I’ve just watched a freight train pass, coal empties on their way from Ratcliffe power station to Liverpool docks. That’s right, the docks, to collect a load of imported coal, that could have come from as far away as Australia. Never mind that one of the UK’s last remaining deep collieries is only a few miles away at Thoresby. Back in BR days the power station would have sourced its coal from a local mine, which benefitted the local economy. But those days are gone. Progress? For big multinationals, yes, for the rest of us? I doubt it.

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