Nationalise ferry service or offer true route competition

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The natives are restless on the Isle of Wight. Some businessmen and hoteliers want to buy ferry firm Wightlink and lower costs, returning any profit to the service.

Even more pie-in-the-sky is the support from the island’s MP.

Why should a private company run ferries that are empty? Why shouldn’t it charge a premium in summer? Those hotels do.

In 1984 the government privatised Sealink, now Wightlink, leaving the island’s ferries in the hands of private enterprise.

If the island’s MP doesn’t like that, then his government should nationalise the service, as with Scottish island services, or offer true route competition.