George Muir, a rail expert, has told me it would have been "batty" not to extend the Virgin franchise for now.
He said the West Coast fiasco is down to two things: a botched policy of having fixed price 15-year franchises and bad organisation within the Department for Transport.
Rail operator Virgin has been asked to continue running the West Coast mainline for another few months after a Government U-turn.
One railway line, one fudged bid, three more sets of negotations and three years to put it right.
Sir Richard Branson's rail operator has been asked to continue running the troubled West Coast Main Line, while a bidding process is re-run.