UK Privatisation - About people or about their exploitation?.
In 2001 a UK Public Sector Union argued against privatisation stressing that the Government couldn’t let go of its Thatcherite obsession with privatisation. Even given the scale failure through privatisation it is the Public whom must ultimately suffer as Public Services become profit oriented organisations foremost raising prices to increase dividends to their stakeholders. At the time four out of five of the dirtiest Hospitals were cleaned by the private Sector while jobs and beds reduced to generate more profits. In one hospital there exists some 20 guangos overseeing its operation as Councils employ Private IT Companies who only collect 50% of Council Tax revenue. In 1989 Thatcher privatised the Water Industry but by 2006 more than a fifth of the 15 billion litres daily supplied was leaking into the ground through broken pipes as home owner faced drought orders and hose pipe bans!. By the following year the misreporting of regulatory data to Ofwat was exposed leading privatised water Companies to face fines [Thames Water £12.5 million; Southern Water £20 million ] which allowed them to raise their prices. Other irregularities involved Three Valleys Water and water meters and United Utilities [ fined £8.5 million ] for cheating its customers. With all of this the Labour Government went into damage limitation mode allowing Ofwat to levy fines not exceeding 10% of turnover as shareholders gained 7% through such soaring profits.
The transition from Government accountability to unaccountability is about promoting FAILURE whereby others then become responsible as external providers as to Public Services while exploiting tax payers in preference to shareholders and fat bonuses to executives – the Gov gaining through VAT on higher pricing and lowering unemployment figures through the payment of minimum wages. Outsourcing springs to mind where the onus is upon others to deliver and a culture of “don’t blame me for the failure of others”. Government Agencies are thus akin to TRADERS where the lowest price gets the job and the difference between that price and the budgeted amount provides Bonuses even though failure occurs. In Oct 2008 Officials at the Government Agency which oversaw the Sats Fiasco awarded themselves thousands of pounds in bonuses as the shambles of delayed pupil results came to light along with scripts gone missing. Towards the end of 2008 its announced that IT projects are running 86 years late and £1.4 billion over budget!. The current demise of the Post Office stems from past privatisation when it lost its Girobank to Alliance & Leicester and its telegraph to British Telecom [ BT ] following which Pricing in Proportion [ PiP ] was introduced to increase profits however making it less straight forward to simply post a letter!. Given current events it could have been an alignment with a future sale or a failed means of generating profits to which postal workers must now burden. How does one explain an 8 billion pound Post Office Worker pension deficit but there again how does one explain the era of mis-sold pensions too or why Chancellor Brown in 1997 decided to impose 10% tax on dividends earned by Pension schemes!. People are living longer but what of Chemtrails and why a sudden need to address dementia within Societies?. Something soon will begin adding up but will PM Brown be around or will matters become the concerns of a New Government Leadership to resolve and simply finger point at the last on?.
Given New Labour’s track record on giving others a licence to rip-off the British Tax Paying Public its very questionable as to whether Britain fell into a recession or was lead into one through the calamity of a Government whose primary purpose is to demonstrate “face value” through spin against a backdrop of incompetence and negligence towards a Nation whom they allow others to exploit on their own behalf.