Good news, the cards have arrived, which means the badges will be sent out this week, very exciting.
While you wait, I thought I'd start a little debate on First Class carriages. I'm inclined to be of the opinion that they should be abolished on rush hour trains, to give more room to the poor cattle-class commuters, but I have a funny feeling I'd think the opposite if I happened to be lucky enough to have a first class season ticket. I suppose the first class passengers aren't that lucky in a way - they don't suffer fewer delays just because they've got bigger seats and free coffee and newspapers - but they do get to suffer them in slightly nicer surroundings. I think I'm just jealous. I can't help feeling a bit aggrieved that I don't get any benefits whatsoever for paying thousands of pounds for a standard class season ticket. Do you think that gold card holders should be allowed to use first class when the rest of the train is full, assuming there are spare seats when the train leaves? Or, here's an idea - why not allocate seats based on the distance travelled. I'd be happier for the train to be fitted with a "long distance" carriage, so that those poor souls heading for Swansea or Penzance can have a bit of a sit-down, instead of Mr Rich from Goring-on-Thames.
Or, even better, just add an extra train or two to the timetable, so that we can all have a seat. Controversial I know, but it might just work.