Outside the marginals

A commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010, 2015 & 2017 elections (and THAT referendum)

Archive for the category “Privatisation”

Who is Kidding who?

The BBC reports today that Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) has today (six months on) criticised the charity’s trustees and the Charity Commission.

But how much is the actual business model – of using charities to deliver what would otherwise be government services – examined and criticised? Read more…

Advertisements

Massive boost to rail services brings Northern Powerhouse to life

Duh, have I missed something?

To sustain “our” capital city, London gets:

  1. HS1 (to link to the continent – onward links North were abandoned years ago)
  2. HS2 (to bring commuters in from the South Midlands)
  3. Crossrail 1 (to link East West)
  4. Crossrail 2 (to link North South)
  5. Various improvements/extensions to London Underground
  6. Mega-laneing of the M25
  7. Heathrow 3 (or some equivalent once Dave has got his inconveniently anti-Heathrow mayor installed in City Hall)

In the North we are to believe that the Northern Poorhouse will be “brought to life” by a “massive boost to rail services”. This must mean new tracks, high-speed lines (HS62/HS3?) “connecting the Great Cities of the North”, new high-speed trains, better stations,  …

Er, No. This Government Website Headline is more like a Tory Central Office Propaganda headline. Read more…

Is Water a Natural Monopoly?

Millions of householders in England could soon be given more choice over which company supplies part of their water services.

The government has announced that there could be limited competition between suppliers by the end of the parliament in 2020.

The choice will involve services such as billing and customer services, but not the water supply itself.
BBC News Website, 30 November 2015 : Consumers in England to get choice of water services

OK, so the story at the moment is lacking in detail but at first glance this strikes me as daft and possibly leading to some incongruities. Read more…

Privatising Welfare

Part of the present Government’s philosophy is that Government should be small. If something does not need to be done; it should not be done. If it does need to be done; it does not necessarily need to be done by the Government.

Hence “Big Society” – the idea that volunteers or the voluntary sector can take over from government – particularly in the areas of health care, social care and education.

The problem is – what happens if a voluntary provider of these services fails? Read more…

Rail subsidies

Railway funding is a mess – and I don’t mean HS2, I mean the meat and drink lines.

Another small example of this is Northern Rail changing the rules for “off-peak” travel – which stands to catch out a lot of occasional travellers.

The message is that occasional travellers are not really wanted and are only there to be milked. Read more…

Power to the People (or Not)

I am currently watching Ed Davey (Energy Secretary) on the BBC News Channel pontificating about insisting that those people in the South of England who have had their electricity off since before Christmas are reconnected.

As the interviewer said “it’s just verbiage” – the Government can’t do anything because it does not control the levers of power. Read more…

Chinese to place nuclear devices around Britain

Brian Wheeler Political reporter, BBC News, asks: Is it a good idea to allow China a stake in UK nuclear? (BBC News Website 17 October 2013).

It is 57 years to the day since the Queen threw a lever to start electricity flowing from the world’s first civil nuclear power plant, at Calder Hall, in Cumbria.

If you had told any of the dignitaries present that day that Britain would one day surrender control of its nuclear industry to foreign powers, losing in the process the ability to build its own reactors, they would have thought you were mad. Read more…

Another Tory Privatisation

So the Tories are flogging off the Royal Mail. Floating it on the stock exchange with 10% for the workers and a chance for us “Sids” to buy in – as long as we buy more that 750 quids worth (BBC News Website 12 September 2013 Royal Mail privatisation ‘in the coming weeks’) Have they learnt nothing? Read more…

Post Navigation