That’s not to say those fringe elements have disappeared altogether, just that the communities themselves have become more diverse. On The Prepared, for example, Mr Ramey does not allow any talk of politics. The site’s biggest age bracket is those aged 25-35, followed by 35-45. Most are living in urban rather than rural areas and are split evenly between men and women, he says.
The firm is 60% owned by French state rail firm SNCF. The UK government sold its stake in the business to private companies for £757m in 2015.