There are two ways of looking at Britain’s rail privatisation story. If you focus on usage, it looks like a success. But look at the cost and level of passenger satisfaction and the picture is not quite so rosy. Matthew Vincent discusses what's gone wrong and what can be done to fix Britain's railways with the FT's Jonathan Ford, Gill Plimmer and Robert Wright and John Stittle of Essex Business School. Music clip courtesy of ACTORvist
The UK's private finance initiative was designed as an alternative way to fund the building of hospitals, schools and other infrastructure. But was it a costly mistake? Matthew Vincent is joined by the FT’s Jonathan Ford and Gill Plimmer, Alex Jan of the global engineering company Arup and Labour...
Years of austerity and rising bills in the UK have eroded the consensus that private companies could run utilities more cheaply and efficiently than the state and opposition politicians are calling for renationalisation. Matthew Vincent discusses what has gone wrong with Britain's privatisation...
Afghanistan has made great strides in areas of womens' education and employment, in spite of the insecurity and violence that dominate the headlines. Freelance producer Catriona Oliphant visited the country for the FT and produced this feature on Afghan women who are blazing a trail.