After the Northeastern blackout, we quoted author Greg Palast, who blamed it on NiMo, the merger between Niagara Mohawk and the English company National Grid. Due to recent deregulation, they no longer have to maintain the vast Northeast power grid to earlier standards. Last week, there was a blackout in London, and guess what company controls that power grid? National Grid again.
The London blackout only lasted half an hour, but as in New York, it stranded hundreds of thousands of subway commuters. Network Rail said, “All the services are at a standstill in south London and the south east. There was a complete power failure to all trains and signals out of and into all major London stations.”