Politics 3 October 2012 Richard Branson may want to check his own record before attacking nationalised railway's Let he who is without subpar punctuality records cast the first stone. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Richard Branson, on the World at One this morning, was laying into the government's handling of the West Coast Mainline franchise, while also using it as an opportunity to attack the idea of renationalisation more generally: If they [the government] can't run a bid process, they're going to find it even harder to run a railway. According to Network Rail, in the 366 days to 15 September 2012, 87.5 per cent of trains on the state-run East Coast franchise arrived on time. Over the same period, 86 per cent of trains on the Richard Branson-run Virgin Trains franchise arrived on time. So, a smaller percentage of trains arrive on time on Branson's network than on the state's. If Branson thinks the government can't run railways, what on earth is he doing still owning one? › Is there still a place for women’s pages in the media? Richard Branson. Photograph: Getty Images Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Jeremy Corbyn has found a vulnerable spot on Theresa May and trade Politicians are worried that their pensions are destroying the planet. Is yours? Nap Store: Where did all these new mattress start-ups come from?