Editor Nigel Harris responds:
A fascinating crop of letters! First, the publication of Mr Creed’s letter proves how far off-target his comments are.
RAIL is doing nothing different today than it has routinely done for the 21 years of my editorship - not only reporting what is happening physically on the railway, but to offer analysis, comment and opinions on every aspect of its strategy, management and development. It is naive to suggest that you can ignore politics, which are - and always have been - inextricably interwoven with railway planning and management and operation.
So yes, the EU referendum cannot be avoided - indeed, many readers keen to understand the full picture told us very clearly they wanted to find out more.
Brexit will have a big impact on our railways, so to ignore it would have been to have failed in our biggest responsibility. And so the referendum/Brexit inevitably - and quite rightly - came under the scrutiny of all our opinion writers. It would have been ridiculous for this not to have been the case, given the potential (and currently unknown) impact on our railway.
One last thing - when critics say “it’s too political” or sneer at a reasoned argument as “a rant”, what they usually mean is: “I disagree violently with what’s said so I shall try and ensure such views are excluded in future.”
I don’t think so. If I felt like that and acted on it, many of our opinion pieces (especially from Wolmar!) and all these letters would never have appeared - Ed.