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Jeremy Clarke discovers that John Prescott has not made the trains run on time

By Jeremy Clarke   March 1998

The national rail inquiry service told me that a suitable train left Totnes for London at 6:37pm. Thank you very much, I said. Later, when I arrived at the station full of hope and expectation, this information turned out to be false. The train was actually scheduled to leave at 6:57pm. But that’s OK. Anyone can make a mistake. I make them all the time.

At 6:57pm, however, the 6:57 service failed to appear. At 7:02pm the one-man band in charge of the station announced over the tannoy that the train was going to be 25 minutes late owing to…

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