Posts Tagged ‘Privatisation’

What lies behind Blairite calls for “an avowedly pro-business agenda”?

by Jon Lansman.

Alan Milburn was once a Trotskyist, who co-ran a small left-wing bookshop in Newcastle, Days of Hope (aka Haze of Dope). Now he is better known as the New Labour politician and former Secretary of State for Health whom David Cameron appointed as his “social mobility Tsar”. He is also one of those Blairite  heavyweights […]

Royal Mail fire sale costs taxpayer £1.4 billion

by Grahame Morris.

The Royal Mail served the nation for over 500 years; however a Government fire sale not only privatised this prize asset but also short changed the public. Last week, the National Audit Office (NAO) delivered a damning report showing that the Government’s rush to privatise the Royal Mail cost the taxpayer £1.4 billion.

NHS: He who pays the Privateer’s Peer

by Solomon Hughes.

Former Labour Health Minister Lord Warner’s call for everyone to pay £10 a month fees to use the NHS got very wide press coverage. The Mail, Telegraph, Times, Guardian and Independent wrote 500-odd-word stories on Warner’s charge-for-the-NHS call. The Mirror, Sun and other tabloids chipped in with 200-word pieces on Warner’s fees, including his extra demand that […]

The latest privatisers’ idea for the NHS: charge patients £10 a month

by Michael Meacher.

So now we know the latest steps being proposed to make the NHS into a full-blown private health service, just like it was before 1948. The various steps to achieve this supreme goal of the private marketeers have been prepared right from the start with great care. First, Blair encouraged and then pressured NHS hospitals […]

Instead of charging for the NHS, try cutting the costs of privatisation

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Let’s get one thing straight from the off. The idea of charging a £10/month NHS “membership fee” is bloody stupid. Not just because it violates the principle that health provision should take place, but for a whole host of other practical reasons. But let’s glide Lord Warner’s suggestion into a lay-by for the moment and deal with […]

The private sector isn’t just providing NHS services, but now commissioning them too

by Michael Meacher.

It had always been the Thatcherite/Blairite dogma of service provision that the big private companies – whether the likes of Capita, G4S, Serco, A 4E, Atos or the huge US healthcare multinationals – wouold provide all the health services, but the commissioning would be done by the independent public sector. Now even that split, with […]

Private oligarchs have it all stitched up in Whitehall outsourcing

by Michael Meacher.

Once upon a time we had nationalised industries; now we have Capita, G4S, Serco, A4E, and the rest of a small coterie of private conglomerates who dominate the service world. Unlike the nationalised industries they have no specialist focus, but merely bid for anything going, much of which they handle poorly or badly as we […]

Putting public interest first means rejecting Tory dogma that private is best

by Jon Trickett.

Recently, Ed Miliband said that the times we live in demand “a new culture in our public services. Not old-style, top-down central control, with users as passive recipients of services. Nor a market-based individualism which says we can simply transplant the principles of the private sector lock, stock and barrel into the public sector.” In […]

Welfare for Gideon’s corporate chums, but forget about it if you’re poor

by Michael Meacher.

Last year, the “big four” banks – HSBC, Barclays, RBS and Lloyds – enjoyed a ‘too big to fail’ taxpayer subsidy of no less than £38bn, the New Economics Foundation thinktank (NEF) have revealed. This is in an economy where the budget deficit is still £111bn, and where money is so tight that Osborne has […]

Nuclear privatisation scam: public subsidies but private profit

by Michael Meacher.

According to advisers to the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), the government is now giving consideration, on top of the economically very foolish decision to go ahead with a new nuclear plant at Hinkley C in Somerset, to building not another 10 as was originally mooted, but 50! The French EDF and its […]

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