“We want to thank the British people…” – Slugger O’Toole

This is a big part of the viral marketing from the Salaried Transport Staff Association, which Google tells me is a union for workers in the transport and travel industries in the UK and Ireland.

The video does a fantastic job of exposing how much of Britain’s privatized infrastructure has been gobbled up by European state-owned companies.

According to the complete fact:

The French government is a major shareholder in one of the Big Six energy providers in the UK. EDF Energy is part of the French group EDF. The French government is the majority shareholder of the group, with 83% of the shares, as of September 2017.

Of the other six large energy companies, E.ON is based in Germany. N Power is part of the Innogy group, another German company. Scottish Power is part of the Iberdrola Group (a company based in Spain).

A German company, Deutsche Bahn, runs several UK rail franchises: Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Grand Central and Northern. The German government is the majority shareholder of Deutsche Bahn.

Train travel in France is run by a state-owned railway company, SNCF. SNCF is also the majority shareholder in a French private transport company called Keolis, which in turn jointly manages the Govia railway company with the British group Go-Ahead. Govia operates franchises in the UK: Thameslink, Southern, South Eastern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express.

Greater Anglia, Stansted Express and Scotrail are operated by Abellio. Abellio is run by Netherlands Rail, whose sole shareholder is the Dutch government.

Abellio has partnerships with other companies to manage railway franchises. Together with the Japanese companies Mitsui & Co. and the East Japan Railway, it operates the London Northwestern and West Midlands Rail. Abellio also runs Merseyrail with UK-based Serco.

The c2c franchise is operated by Trenitalia. Trenitalia is part of the FS Italiane Group, owned by the Italian government.

A German company, Deutsche Bahn, runs several UK rail franchises: Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Grand Central and Northern. The German government is the majority shareholder of Deutsche Bahn.

Train travel in France is run by a state-owned railway company, SNCF. SNCF is also the majority shareholder in a French private transport company called Keolis, which in turn jointly manages the Govia railway company with the British group Go-Ahead. Govia operates franchises in the UK: Thameslink, Southern, South Eastern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express.

Greater Anglia, Stansted Express and Scotrail are operated by Abellio. Abellio is run by Netherlands Rail, whose sole shareholder is the Dutch government.

Abellio has partnerships with other companies to manage railway franchises. Together with the Japanese companies Mitsui & Co. and the East Japan Railway, it operates the London Northwestern and West Midlands Rail. Abellio also runs Merseyrail with UK-based Serco.

The c2c franchise is operated by Trenitalia. Trenitalia is part of the FS Italiane Group, owned by the Italian government.

Regain control or give it away?

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