The following consists of two comments I left on my Facebook friend, Paul's wall this morning.
All transport and delivery systems should be nationalised. The money that would be saved by a unified system (one full bus instead of two half full busses; one full lorry going into a factory rather than many partly filled lorries) would result in fares and delivery costs being reduced to a fraction of what they are now. It would realise even the most efficiency conscious tory's greatest desires and reduce air pollution to such an extent that we would fulfil our commitments to reduce carbon emissions almost overnight.
When I was a lorry driver, everyday I would spend 11 hours driving hundreds of miles, visiting many towns, dropping off at many warehouses and factories, waiting in endless queues to get onto goods in docks - and so would all my company's competitors. In fact, most of our deliveries were to the same places. We would continue conversations with each other as we kept meeting up throughout the day. It struck me that if the drivers all met up first thing in the morning and sorted out our deliveries so that we each went only to one town, one industrial estate or even one drop off, we would all be home for our mid morning coffee break. We could all have been paid our normal wages for working a fraction of our normal working week. Our bosses would have made extra profits because of the saving in fuel. The receiving companies would have had all their deliveries in one go, and first thing, which would have increased their efficiency and profit margin. The damage to the environment would have been greatly reduced and the number of accidents on the road would have been drastically reduced. The lack of HGVs on the road would have reduced the travelling times of all other road users and increased the profits of the companies they worked for. We would have been quids in.
And yet I am told that capitalism and its unrestrained competition is the best economic system humans have yet come up with. What tosh!