Privatisation

The Abolition of the NHS in England

Allyson Pollock | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Politics
Allyson Pollock

On Friday, the cross party NHS Bill returned to the Commons for its second reading (watch the video). The Bill was filibustered by the Conservatives, ...

Why Are Doctors Going on Strike Again?

Youssef El-Gingihy | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK
Youssef El-Gingihy

Saturday saw a second demonstration in London over the unresolved junior doctor contract dispute between the British Medical Association and the gover...

Would You Like Fries With Your Healthcare?

Amy Kenyon | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
Amy Kenyon

Time is running short for the health service. So take it from an expat who has spent half her life over there, and the other half over here. Don't accept the Americanisation of your NHS, your greatest achievement. Don't eat the fries.

Private Rail Has Failed Us - Bring It Back to Public Ownership

Baroness Jones | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

This situation cannot and should not go on. Our railways are a public service, enabling people to get to work and linking families and friends who are separated by long distances. They can, and should, be the pathways to our business success and our engagement in leisure. Instead, they are overpriced, but underfunded. Overcrowded, but understaffed. Driven by profit, not by what is best for passengers. But there is an alternative.

Green Investment Bank Privatisation - Six Questions That Need Answers

Sepi Golzari-Munro | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sepi Golzari-Munro

With infrastructure at the heart of last week's spending review, Government moves to sell-off the country's only infrastructure investment bank become...

Junior Doctors vs Jeremy Hunt Is a Convenient Smokescreen for the Real Story

Youssef El-Gingihy | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
Youssef El-Gingihy

Over the past few weeks, we have seen remarkable events play out as a new generation of young doctors have been politicised and radicalised. This culm...

George Osborne's Privatisation Project Is Set To Make £32bn This Year

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK

George Osborne is set to raise more money in a single year through the sale of public assets than was made by the combined profits of every privatisat...

Want to Know Why Doctors Are Going to War With Jeremy Hunt?

Youssef El-Gingihy | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Politics
Youssef El-Gingihy

While Cameron may pacify us that there will be no switch to an insurance-based model (although he wants to "turn the NHS into a fantastic business"), ...

Back to the Future - How to Dismantle the NHS

Youssef El-Gingihy | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Politics
Youssef El-Gingihy

What do the next five years hold for the NHS? The pre-election jamboree is quickly evaporating. The promise of billions more in funding now feels like a distant sound-bite. The Daily Telegraph recently set the tone with a front page headline in which Jeremy Hunt declared that the NHS now has enough money and will have to make do. However, all the talk on funding in the election debates completely missed the point.

Our Waterloo

Ben Stockman | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Stockman

There is an old legend relating to the end of the battle of Waterloo, which passed its bicentennial anniversary last week. The story goes that immedia...

Standing Together With National Gallery Staff

Julie Ward | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

I will continue to stand with the staff of the National Gallery, just as I will be taking a stand emphatically for our place in Europe, in the historic choice our country now faces.

The NHS Conspiracy of Silence

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Tess Finch-Lees

If we accept the narrative that NHS cuts are necessary, it follows that we concede privatisation is inevitable. If we relinquish the principal of public health care for all, we're signing our NHS over to corporate providers. That, in the words of one of the doctors interviewed in the incisive film,"Sell-Off: The Abolition of the NHS, "is like putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank".

All Aboard The Public Sector

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Politics

A public sector operator will be running trains as soon as possible under a Labour government, with the current franchising system set to be scrapped,...

Privatisation - Don't Believe the Hype

Rory Dickinson | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Politics
Rory Dickinson

The debate for re-nationalising some of our major industries has been largely ignored since Tony Blair tore up Labour's commitment to Clause Four. Perhaps now is the time for Ed to reconsider such a move and position the Labour Party back on the side of working people.

Join Us In Our Campaign to Save the NHS

Lilian Greenwood MP | Posted 28.10.2014 | 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 Schneide...

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.