With the European elections barely more than fifty days away, is there anything we can learn from other European countries that perhaps we could adopt here in the UK?
How about the example of the French? Well EDF (Électricité de France) is the world's largest supplier of electricity and largely owned by the French state, as well as being one of the "big six" electricity and gas supply companies in the UK, making profits in the British market for the benefit of the French state.
Or the Germans? DB (Deutsche Bahn) is the second largest transport company in the world and largely owned by the German state, as well as operating the Arriva train franchises in many parts of the UK, making profits in the British market for the benefit of the German state.
Or the Spanish? Aena is the Spanish state airport authority which also runs a number of UK airports, including London Luton, making profits in the British market for the benefit of the Spanish state.
I could go on.
Would we be worse Europeans if we ran our own state-owned operations like the energy companies, the trains and the airports and kept the profits for our own state instead?