How about ---a rail franchise is one of the new "tickets to print money"?
So it is clearly the fault of government. IMO re-nationalisation is the only answer but not one which anyone currently with power would even consider. So if you haven't got a car and a driving licence (or a bike and job near where you live) it might be wise to do something about that? And soon. Or get a job as a rail worker.
As for unions claiming to have concerns over passenger service and safety, that's laughable given the misery they happily put passengers through whenever there is talk of modernisation or a chance of pay rises.
And as for having a planned political agenda to bring down the Tories, it could never work because the unions only care about raising the living standards of their members and the rail unions have done it so well most of their members are well enough off to be voting Tory. Especially union leaders.
And that is from a (pre-Corbyn) regular Labour voter who has also served the Union movement as a shop steward and branch secretary.
we keep electing useless (except in being self-serving) people whose only real skills/talents are in persuading gullible people to vote for them?
And why, in a world with so much easily available information, are there so many gullible people?
"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind".