However, it's certainly easier to have an honestly centrally provided service, but the Tube has been mis-privatised in the very worst way. Hardly surprising, since that useless Scottish freak was the architect of it.
Boris Johnson, I can reveal, has just collapsed the controversial PPP for the Underground, the public-private deal hatched by Gordon Brown with the able assistance of Baroness Vadera.
This radical move was set to occur two weeks ago but was barred by purdah. Only now, after polling day, can it go ahead.
In a nutshell, Boris is paying £310 million to buy out Tubelines, the umbrella group for Bechtel and Ferrovial that was charged with upgrading the Tube.
As a result, Transport for London will now directly control the works with no middle man and no punishing management fees. With TfL having an excellent debt rating, it also means lower debt repayments over the long term.
More importantly for passengers, it means that Tube line closures can be slashed to fit with TfL's wishes rather than the convenience of the private sector contractors. I'm told it will mean 84 closures for works will now be reduced to just 12.
With Metronet also collapsed, it means that Boris has done something that Red Ken never managed to do (but dearly wanted) - scrap one of the worst value PFI-style schemes in history.
Now, no matter what you think of BoJo or even of "state" provided services, this is a very good thing, not only for the reasons stated above, but also for the fact that it restores a much greater degree of honesty and openness to the costs.
It's ironic that BoJo's last intervention in the Tube (about boozing) pissed me off (even though I don't drink on the Tube and even though I hate drunkards on the Tube) -- whereas I regard this as a really big step in the right direction.
Boris has shown he can handle difficult situations and if he can improve the quality of Tube service and reduce costs in one step, it's not only a great deal for people who have to use the service, I reckon it's a big shot across the bows of the massively-foreheaded one.
Boris is starting to show, not just say, that he can do good things and that he's quite happy to upset the corporatist apple cart on occasion.
Good for you, Boris!