Posts Tagged ‘Privatisation’

Publicly owned railways, not just right but popular

by Diane Abbott.

As the National Policy Forum in Milton Keynes draws nearer, all eyes are on Labour’s policy formation process. Left Futures has discussed bringing back rail into public ownership before. But it is worth returning to the subject because it illustrates everything that is wrong about the way that our party currently makes policy. We know […]

Why won’t Ed Balls nationalise the railways?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

If you were to glance at this headline, you might think Labour is tearing itself apart over rail renationalisation. It isn’t, but that the bulk of members and supporters think the rail should be taken back into public ownership reflects its popularity in the wider population. Pretty consistently, over half of the electorate would like to see this […]

Why is Labour now fighting shy of nationalisation?

by Michael Meacher.

It is bizarre that the Labour Party, or at least Ed Balls, is now tying himself up in such contortions to avoid renationalisation of the railways at any cost when the polls constantly show 70-80% of the electorate, which must include a very large number of Tories, is demanding just that. Is the Labour Party, […]

The Transatlantic trade deal: a project of the 1%

by Nick Dearden.

The EU/US trade deal (TTIP) is a vast power grab on behalf of the world’s biggest corporations, and there’s still time to stop it. In this new international order – or disorder – the economic, military, political and even moral leadership of the West is increasingly challenged” Michel Barnier, EU Commissioner, 12 June, on the […]

The political class won’t “reconnect” until markets are drastically reformed

by Michael Meacher.

‘Reconnecting’ is the buzz word for the political class. They all agree it’s necessary, but very few have any serious ideas about how it might be achieved, and through force of inertia they easily slip back into the old ways. What they don’t realise is that it’s more about their constituents feeling able to reconnect as […]

Support the French rail strikers

by Tom Gill.

The French rail strike – now in its sixth day — is a pain. Nobody likes seeing their train cancelled. High school exams are being disrupted too. But why are the railway workers on strike? They are protesting against the railway reforms of the Government of President Francois Hollande and PM Manuel Valls. The Government claims […]

How did the disgraced Atos get a £184m disability assessment contract?

by Michael Meacher.

It is bizarre that the hated Atos, whose reputation was destroyed by its punitive mishandling of work capability assessments of the disabled, should be awarded a multi-million contract for the new personal independence payments across London and the south of England. In one sense it is not surprising because the Tories, having privatised major public […]

The sharks are circling Scottish Water

by Dave Watson.

Scottish Water is a public corporation that delivers a publicly owned water and sewerage service to the people of Scotland, unlike the privatised service in the rest of the UK. It’s a model that has served Scotland well, delivering clean fresh Scottish water to homes and businesses and removing sewage along some 60,000 miles of […]

US capitalist medicine in the UK? No thanks

by Michael Meacher.

As the Tories race to finish the privatisation and outsourcing of the NHS before the election, one critical aspect of this precipitate rush to turn Britain over to a US-type healthcare system has not been understood. What has brought it to notice is the recent report by a former head of the US Centres for […]

Austerity, enforced privatisation: what sort of “social Europe” is this?

by Thomas Butler.

We often talk about the EU fantasies peddled by UKIP and the right – and we are right to do so. But sadly, organisations on the left are prone to investing in European myths that are in fact very dangerous. Most often, we hear of prospects for a “social Europe”. We hear that the EU […]

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