Ashworth: Presumption that government contracts should go to private firms is wrong

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Carillion’s collapse really has changed political thinking.

Here’s Labour’s Jon Ashworth explaining that outsourcing of government contracts, whether tied to Private Finance Initiative deals or not, leads to firms making their profit by cutting staff wages and conditions – which ultimately leads to a poorer service.

He’s absolutely right. This Writer has been saying for years that poor treatment of workers leads to a poor product.

Therefore it follows that, if private business cuts corners in order to make a profit, the only way to provide a decent service is to eliminate the profit motive and for the government to nationalise its work contracts.

The arguments against this are disproved by the facts. All the privatisation-loving Tories can do with future private contracts is confirm Mr Ashworth’s conclusion.

It will be painful to watch, but necessary – to ensure that everybody gets the message.

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  1. rotzeichen January 22, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Labour should unequivocally state that all contracts should be brought back in house, there is no place whatsoever for profiteers in our NHS.

    It not only makes economic sense, but creates a system of joined up care, the reason for private failure apart from greed, is that fragmentation and competition mitigates against harmonious delivery of service.

    It is really is just down to common sense.

    The privatisation agenda and individualism is about rendering wealth to the few whilst the many fight among themselves for the scraps on the table.

    • Dave Rowlands January 26, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      You expect the tories to have ” economic sense” , hahhahahaha.

  2. Barry January 22, 2018 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    We can but hope that the tries and labour learn the lesson but somehow I doubt it

    • Mike Sivier January 23, 2018 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      That doesn’t make sense. Try again?

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