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The British government plans to do its own railway maintenance again, after an expensive seven year experiment with private contractors, according to The Independent.

The move will save British taxpayers 300 million pounds per year. The article calls the decision “the most significant sign yet that the privatisation drawn up by the Conservative government and refined by Labour has been a failure.”

Canadian proponents of public-private partnerships routinely hold up Britain's privatized railways water systems and hospitals as shining examples of how P3s are better than public services.

Apparently the Blair government has finally seen some of the tarnish that UK unions have been pointing out for years.