Never mind the corruption fears – the Land Registry is up for privatisation again

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The Tories tried to privatise the Land Registry last year, amid fears that this would create huge opportunities for corruption. When they backed down, they said it was “too complicated” and would have needed “new legislation”.

Apparently those concerns are behind them now. Shame the corruption isn’t.

Apart from that, this report shows a poll for an organisation that is against privatisation has produced results showing people are against privatisation, which tends to support This Blog’s contention that polls tend to reflect the views of the people who fund them.

George Osborne’s plans to sell off more of the country’s assets are overwhelmingly opposed by voters, a poll reveals.

The Chancellor announced in last month’s Autumn Statement the biggest wave of privatisation since Margaret Thatcher’s government in the 1980s.

A stake in the Green Investment Bank, the student loan book and the Land Registry have all been earmarked as money raisers for the Treasury.

But a poll by Survation for the campaign group We Own It found a clear majority opposed the lightning sales.

According to the survey, 70% want the Land Registry to stay public while 60% believe the government should keep its 49% stake in National Air Traffic Services with just 15% in favour of the sell off.

Source: Polls shows massive opposition to George Osborne’s privatisation plan – and even Tory voters are against it

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4 thoughts on “Never mind the corruption fears – the Land Registry is up for privatisation again

  1. AndyH

    The full horror of this group of sociopaths being in power for another 4 and a half years is slowly sinking in. Fortunately I am far more determined to fight now than I was in 2010!

  2. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    What possible reason could there be for selling another of OUR assets than giving his friends the opportunity to make profit at our loss? So many of OUR assets have been sold off by this government and it is time we took action to make it buy them back at cost price and return them to us.

    When something is not working as it should it is usually possible, with correct management, to return it to its proper working (profitability) order and selling something off is simply stripping this country of its assets. Very rich entrepreneurs are unlikely to purchase any asset unless they see a good profit in it so, if the enterprise is saleable, it is also a potentially profitable asset. Once such assets are sold those who purchase them seldom spend the profits in this country but in some other where they can live an even more luxurious life and probably pay less tax so we can become two time losers!

    At the rate this government wishes to privatise so many of OUR assets the time will surely come whereby we have nothing left to sell so it is about time we started to return to managing our assets properly and return this country to its original profitable state.

    Disgusted – again!

  3. Dez

    Moving Government Divisions into outsourcing or private enterprise will mean cheap skate cost cutting, loss of long term expertise and worse unfettered price increases to make sure they screw the punters for as much profit as possible. Why is every Cons back down ends up predictably coming back in another life form or worse slipped into some dark small print which will have little visibility. Visibility? Aaaahh that’s what the Cons said they were going to bring to the population but obviously their visibility has been grossly impaired by their favourite cartoon character …. Mr. Greedy and his mates. It’s getting like a feeding frenzy I do hope they don’t choke on it…..

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