State privatisation is fundamentally flawed and absurd

Fear and loathing in Great Britain


A letter a day to number 10. No 1,520

Friday 11 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

I confess that I am confused. Why oh why are you Tories hell bent on privatising the state?

Private companies, small businesses, trades and so on, serve a useful function bringing goods and services to people and it is perfectly reasonable to make a profit. Supply and demand is fine but public services are a very different animal. Bidding to take over a part of state provision inevitably harms that provision and does not serve the public interest, but that of the interests of the board room.

A percentage of the public money given to these companies is siphoned off as profit and that makes no sense when all that money could be used to maintain and improve publicly owned services.

Inevitably, privatisation means cost cutting and cutting corners (streamlining or efficiency drives to…

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