Privatisation

Join Us In Our Campaign to Save the NHS

Lilian Greenwood MP | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Politics
Lilian Greenwood MP

The Tory-led government is undermining a national institution, privatising a vital public service and opening it up to the market, all in the name of competition, without any real thought for the repercussions of their actions on the millions of people who rely on it every day.

There Is Now a Golden Opportunity For Taking the Railway Back Into Public Ownership

Katy Clark | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Katy Clark

abour is finally shifting ground on the railways with a real debate going on in the party about public ownership. It is widely recognised that privatisation has been a colossal failure. Despite record levels of public subsidy we have the highest fares in Europe and private sector investment and innovation is non-existent.

Ten Reasons to Get Active and Stop TTIP

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be the biggest international 'free-trade deal' in history. It will standardise EU regulations with their almost non-existent US counterparts. Negotiations are secret and over 90 per cent consultants are corporate lobbyists, which is more than a little suspicious.

LOOK: Royal Mail Unveils Commemorative Privatisation Stamps

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Comedy

As the Royal Mail announces the axing of 1,600 jobs, it also brings out a new set of commemorative stamps... (By David Beresford and David Schn...

Student Movement Gets Ready to Resist Rising Debt

Matt Stanley | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Stanley

This year the Tories are preparing a new, massive attack on students, which promise to be as regressive and damaging to the future of millions of people as the trebling of tuition fees has been - plotting to sell all our student loans to private debt collectors, who are hungry to make a profit out of saddling us with more debt than we signed up to. Students are, however, building a movement to stop the government in its tracks.

Choose Life, Choose Your Coffee, Choose Better Public Services

Cat Hobbs | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Cat Hobbs

Right now, water and energy companies have full license to rip you off without consequence. But we can at least tackle outsourcing contracts, where we can decide what to do with public money. This Bill would be a small step in the right direction.

Why Are Academies Paying Millions In Private 'Consultancy' Fees?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Government has denied the academies system is open to abuse after questions were raised about links with the businesses of directors, trustees and...

Foreign Office 'Stretched To The Limit'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Foreign Office is being stretched "almost to the limit" as it attempts to cut spending at a time of international turbulence while having to cope ...

Did Nick Clegg Receive a Spine For Christmas, or Just a Second Face?

Salman Shaheen | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

Either it's an election year, or Nick Clegg has suddenly discovered some principles. This week, George Osborne announced that there would be another £25 billion in spending cuts after the 2015 general election and around half of that would come from the welfare budget. For Clegg, who must have been given a spine at Christmas, it was apparently the straw that broke the camel's back.

Missing Children, Missing Care and Missing Questions: Why Are Children in Care Being Failed?

Charlotte Proudman | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK
Charlotte Proudman

We need a debate about whether it is morally acceptable to profit from the social care of vulnerable children. About how palatable the commoditisation of care is. About how appropriate it is to have a 'market' in housing children with multiple needs...

A Railway Run for Passengers Not Shareholders: There's an Idea

Natalie Bennett | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

I hear the term "modal shift" - referring to the move of passengers from cars to public transport -- a lot, and a lot of discussion of how to achieve that. But I've now seen the answer - copy the Swiss in practically everything. And an excellent place to start would be bringing the railways back into public hands.

Lucy Sherriff

University Suspends Students Over Protests

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Five students at Sussex University have been suspended following "peaceful" protests over the privatisation of campus services, prompting demonstratio...

Something Rotten in the State of Sussex

Gabriel Webber | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

Imagine what would happen to Britain if the Home Secretary had the power to expel anyone from the country "without assigning any reason." Then imagine what it would be like now if the power had always existed: no dissenting voices left, no debate; anyone in a minority either too intimidated to speak out or already deported.

Who Wants To Buy Eurostar?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics

Eurostar is to be sold as part of a radical £20bn privatisation plan for Government financial and corporate assets by 2020. George Osborne is set ...

Out of Ideas? Jump on the Privatisation Bandwagon

Michael Wilson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Wilson

The state seems to now think of privatisation as the only solution to problems in a public sector organisation. This is incredibly fallacious.

We're Not Apathetic: Telling Us We Are Is Undermining Democracy

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.

Next Blow to Education: Privatisation of the Student Loan Book

Jamie England | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie England

In June this year, Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, confirmed that the government would be privatising the student loan book as part of a greater flogging of state assets in order to raise £15 billion.

Twitter - Better Cooperative Than Corporation?

Kester Brewin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Kester Brewin

A couple of these recent flotations - I'm thinking of Facebook and, in the UK, the Royal Mail - have given me pause for thought at the economic models that underpin them. In short, I think they are a rip-off. Why? Because they miss a chance to have the stake-holders investing in the company as shareholders.

Second Class

Benjamin Spiro-Hughes | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Politics
Benjamin Spiro-Hughes

This means that the company (if only using the first day trading price) was unvalued by £1.6 billion by the government. This government often likes to focus on those who claim benefits, as people who are always out to cheat the system. This undervaluation will cost the taxpayer MORE in three days than benefit fraud does in a year.

The Problems With Privatisation

Patrick Kavanagh | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Patrick Kavanagh

There is a case to be made for free-market economics in the consumer sector, as competition is promoted, but we should not be surprised to see monopolies or oligopolies forming in sectors that require substantial infrastructure investment.

The Future of the Royal Mail: Putting Consumers and Businesses First

Chuka Umunna | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Chuka Umunna

It is true that there have been successful privatisations in times past but we also know there are examples, particularly in rail and energy, which resulted in sub-standard services and people being ripped off. Our goal on entering government will be to ensure that the same fate does not befall the British people in respect of the Royal Mail.

There Is an Alternative to Royal Mail Privatisation for Wales

Leanne Wood | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

I am proposing a Welsh way forward. Plaid Cymru is not a party to shout "foul play" from the side-lines. The Party of Wales is determined to meet the aspirations of our people with alternatives. I've written to the UK Business Secretary calling on him to follow a precedent set in the Post Office Act of 1969. That legislation implemented far-reaching reforms, and within it, the UK Government surrendered its postal interests in the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, offering them to the governments of those territories.

Time to End the Myths About Nationalisation and East Coast

Martin Griffiths | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
Martin Griffiths

Maria Eagle's call to effectively renationalise the rail network is so dangerous and backward-looking. Her view is based on phoney economics and is a brazen attempt to rewrite history. She has ignored the facts about the failing, worn out nationalised railway of yesterday and the modern, growing and successful railway of today.

The Privatisation of Intelligence Services and the Erosion of Security

Will Black | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics
Will Black

Edward Snowden gave away state secrets because he believed the public should know what the American government does in its name. Due to the privatisation of intelligence services, there are many more people out there with sensitive data who could be persuaded to part with it by nothing more than a smile from a pretty face or one too many pints of beer.

Punchline Challenge: Cameron Wants to 'Set the Royal Mail Free'

Marc Paterson | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

It seems the latest institution to fall under the Government's gavel in the Great Austerity Auction is to be our beloved Royal Mail. The refund for Ge...