it'd be interesting to see how the overall costs work out. i work for a rail company with a lot of (i.e. mostly) Italians and they find the idea of bringing the trains into public ownership crazy and are keen to see theirs privatised. they see services here in the UK (working in Scotland and England outside London) as being reliable and of good quality compared to what they have at home. they also view government run railways in Italy and France as a, pardon the pun, gravy train where once you're on the contract its a reliable source of income regardless of whether or not you screw up the job.Not for the last 18 months or so, but for 4 years before that i was on French, German and Italian trains several times a month. Mostly inter city, but local/commuter in Germany. Uniformly comparable in reliability to British intercity, and much, much cheaper.
so in conclusion everyone thinks their railways are crap.