The Prime Minister wants to privatise public services
"We will create a new presumption – backed up by new rights for public service users and a new system of independent adjudication – that public services should be open to a range of providers competing to offer a better service.
Right. Because corporations are so competent, compete freely on quality and price, and always have the consumers' best interests at heart.
Do they ever operate cartels to fix prices? Oh yes.
Do private healthcare firms cheat their customers? Why yes, they do.
Is privatised rail travel cheaper and better? Well, no. And taxpayers are funding the 'privatised' companies more than we funded British Rail.
Surely something's worked better in the private sector? How about Directory Enquiries (the 118 numbers). Sorry: the prominent firms cost about £1.40 to dial and then take many more pounds off you if you let them 'complete' your call.
Well, look, surely the corporations, because they're driven by a need to make profits, are rational and clever?
I don't even need links for this one. Just a list.
Royal Bank of Scotland
Bradford and Bingley
(and for the historians)
Guinness / Distillers / Mirror Group and many, many more.
What about the privatised industries? Haven't they thrived, once freed from the dead hand of the state? To name but a few:
British Nuclear Fuels
Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear.