Look at this:
David Cameron will herald new moves to open up public services to private providers when he hails the role of “insurgent companies” and speaks of the benefit of “breaking state monopolies”.
In a speech outlining the government’s approach to the autumn spending review, in which George Osborne will outline £20bn of cuts, the prime minister will cite children in care services and prisons as “standout areas” for reform.
The prime minister will say that government is not unlike a business. He will stress that he is not seeking to turn Whitehall into a business, but will say there is a need to reform public services: “What energises many markets are new insurgent companies, who break monopolies and bring in new ways of doing things. We can apply this thinking to government.
“Open up public services to provide providers?” You’d have to be a loonie (like Dave) to think that was a good idea.
In reality, he’s looking for new troughs into which his fellow piggies can stuck their ever-expanding snouts.
Privatising children’s care services and prisons won’t mean an improvement in standards – we all know that from looking at previous privatisations. How’s your water supply, now that so many reservoirs have been sold to foreign companies? How’s all that cheap gas and electricity we were promised back in the day? Not very cheap really, is it?
To This Writer, it seems that privatising children’s care services is the equivalent of holding up a banner saying “It’s paedophile playtime!” No doubt nobody reading this would be surprised by such a thought.
As for private prisons – don’t we have those already? And how well have they turned out?
The UK could not afford to let this man and his party back into office in May.
What a shame it may take until 2020 for people to realise that. Hindsight is always clearer.
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