Posts Tagged ‘Privatisation’

The killer argument against PFI

by Michael Meacher.

We have always known that PFI was a con trick (i) to take construction and management costs of hospitals and other public buildings offline so they don’t appear in the national accounts, and (ii) to secure the extremely lucrative privatisation of yet another public service at taxpayers’ expense. But the evidence of how the new […]

Privatisation of energy risks lights going out this winter

by Michael Meacher.

The effects of the UK privatised energy system are now becoming clear, not only in cartel pricing and poor service , but also, critically, in loss of energy security. As a result of the latter there are real risks of blackouts this winter. The Big Six privatised companies’ failed to invest on a scale that […]

Your right to know what’s done in your name with your money

by Grahame Morris.

Openness, transparency, and accountability. These three values underpin the public service ethos, they are the foundation of good government and a healthy democracy. As a taxpayer you have a right to know and to question how your money is being spent. However, your ability to question is being slowly eroded piece by piece as our public […]

Save UK Rail

by Grahame Morris.

The North East has a long and proud connection to the railways. In 1825, George Stephenson’s engine – locomotion, became the world’s first steam locomotive to carry passengers, and the public railway was born. In the years following thousands of miles of rail track were laid connecting every part of the UK, as the industrial […]

Tenants excluded as social housing flogged off in billionaire investor bazaars

by Michael Meacher.

MIPIM is the name of the sales fair to flog off Britain. This is the latest extravaganza of market fundamentalism which is now sweeping Britain. It is being pitched at this moment is a huge hall in London which brings together property developers, billionaire investors from all over the world and, incongruously, local council officials […]

A trade union agenda for Labour

by John McDonnell.

It’s no mystery why all the economic indicators point to the economy emerging from the recession and yet wages are continuing to fall behind inflation. The post-recession economy that is being created is based upon reinforcing the distribution of power between capital and labour that has been imposed upon our society since the 1980s. Thatcher’s […]

Privatised railways have failed passengers and taxpayers

by Grahame Morris.

This week began with protests at Northern Rail stations, including Seaham, campaigning against the introduction of higher fares, threats to rail services, and job cuts on the rail network. Northern Rail has been pressed by the Department for Transport to raise extra revenues as sixty nine percent of their costs are covered by subsidies they receive […]

Is this the kind of US healthcare system the UK is headed for?

by Michael Meacher.

A deep and alarming insight into US healthcare has recently been published by two authoritative figures within the system which holds profoundly worrying lessons for where UK healthcare may be heading under the Tory Health and Social Care Act of 2012. Healthcare in the US is a magnet for thieves. Medicaid hands out $415bn a […]

Marketisation gives NHS managers £1.6bn redundancy, care workers 25% pay cut

by Michael Meacher.

The market degrades all decent human instincts of fairness and concern for others. Two events in the last few weeks dramatically expose how far this corruption of the values of the health service and social care has now gone. One was the publication of the latest Department of Health accounts which shows payouts to some […]

Privatised railways: a right royal British rip-off

by Mick Whelan.

The inflation figure used to calculate increases in regulated rail fares, such as off-peak and anytime day tickets, will be announced on Tuesday 19 August. The new fares will come in at the start of January and we know that, even if they are capped at the level of inflation, they will still be running […]

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