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    Government on the WRONG lines.....

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    papa_umau
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    Government on the WRONG lines.....

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 01 Nov 2013, 12:34 pm

    Question: Which railway company get the most praise for their punctuality and their customer service ?

    Answer: The East coast main line.

    The East coast main line, which, after the inability of the private sector to run it, effectively, had to be taken into public ownership, where it has thrived.

    SO.... what have the government decided to do with it now that it has proved to be such a great success in public hands ?

    They have decided to sell this public train service back to the privateers of course.

    SO... Who are the private companies that are sniffing around this attractive prize, I have to ask ?

    Why state owned European transport firms, and yet again, the Chinese, that's who.




    I often wonder why the coalition government are being so down-right obvious about their dogma to sell off every bit of British silver that is not nailed down when by acting as they do they make it quite clear that they hate anything that the state does well and they always want to deliver these profitable and successful enterprises to their great friends in the private sector.

    Anybody ?


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    Re: Government on the WRONG lines.....

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 02 Nov 2013, 1:07 pm

    That's disgusting Papa.

    I simply cannot understand why the Tories are so driven to sell off anything they can get hold of when we all know that once the private sector have their hands on anything that once was state-owned the profits that come afterwards will just go to the shareholders of these companies and never back into the service that has been flogged off.

    Nationalisation got a bad name a few years ago because all of the nationalised industries and services were very poorly financed and managed, but nowadays with a number of services back in public hands and being managed and financed properly, it seems that nationalisation or public not-for-profit systems might not be a bad idea after all.

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    Re: Government on the WRONG lines.....

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 03 Nov 2013, 11:51 am

    I think that you have the secret there Angie: Not-for-profit companies are somewhere between privatisation and nationalisation and in that form we get the best of both worlds.

    Not-for-profit groups are owned by the taxpayers and because they have no shareholders ALL of the money taken from subsidies and fares can then be ploughed right back into the service itself.

    The Network Rail entity is a good example of those state-owned and controlled, not-for-profit organisations that have seriously improved the rail infrastructure since private company Railtrack failed so badly and Network Rail then took over.

    Of course, the Tories are buried so deep in the dogma of privatisation that they will NEVER see this argument.


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