Privatisation

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.

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...

A Good Day for Bankers, a Bad Day for Customers

Mario Dunn | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Mario Dunn

Privatising Royal Mail fires the starting gun on the race to end the universal postal service as we know it. A privately owned Royal Mail will not want to maintain loss making rural deliveries. Once the new owners of Royal Mail, armed with a new obligation to maximise shareholder returns, look at the areas of the business that lose money, they will want to act.

The Tory Government's Agenda of Privatisation Is increasingly Orwellian, Nonsensical and Spells Trouble

Richard Sudan | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Sudan

More and more government contracts and services are being awarded to private companies, profit based bottom-line organisations, while those responsible for causing economic calamity were ultimately rewarded with a tax-funded banker bailout package.

We Own It - A Message for Railways, Royal Mail, the NHS and Much More

Natalie Bennett | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The public - and the Green Party - understand that privatisation and outsourcing have been disastrous, built on putting public funds straight into private profits, cutting the pay and condition of workers and the quality of services. And all too often, as we've been finding with the water companies - the piling of debts on to essential public services, while capital is extracted to further boost private profits and financial risks multiplied.

Why We Need Woman vs The State (UK)

Sarah Cheverton | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah Cheverton

As news spreads of how huge outsourcing companies like G4S are failing to deliver on public service contracts, a new project aims to tell the human story behind the headlines. In the last few weeks, accounts of the outsourcing giant G4S' flailing track record to deliver on public service contracts have been exploding across our newspapers, blogs and screens.