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.
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