Across all classes, all parts of the country, and the support bases of all political parties, there has always been a majority to renationalise the railways.
As there now is to renationalise steel. Yes, steel.
And as there now is explicitly (implicitly, it has always been there) for the view that even perfectly legal tax avoidance constitutes a bar to public office, and perhaps even to polite society.
The view that paying tax is a matter of moral obligation seems to be questioned by almost no one, as anyone who has ever lived in Britain will find wholly unsurprising.
Who in Britain even thinks of that as a question? If anyone ever posed it such, then the answer would be "the NHS", and that would be the end of the conversation. Of course.
So much for the comments full of Americanisms on certain websites, which have had a thoroughly deleterious effect, via their cult following in the Westminster Village, on the terms of the political debate in this, a country that their authors have never visited.
But what of those authors' own country? The view that America is the heart and soul of "free" market capitalism rests on an extremely partial, and even laughable, reading of American history.
Yet even accepting it for the sake of argument, the two American parties are about to nominate two protectionist Presidential candidates, one of them a Scandinavian-style social democrat of the old school.
Or else to give those candidates so many votes in the course of the nomination process that, even without any such nomination, they would put themselves on the ballot, there undoubtedly to garner many millions more votes apiece.
Remind me again why Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable.