Widely respected human rights campaigner and Green Party parliamentary candidate Peter Tatchell (above) makes a powerful case for Northern Rock to stay permanently in public ownership in the Guardian:
"Northern Rock should remain permanently in public ownership and should branch out into ethical investment. It could, for example, adjust its investment strategies and carve out a niche market as the high street's leading green and ethical bank.
The Northern Rock saga is not just about the fate of one bank. It is the new frontline in the battle between public versus private ownership, control and accountability.
For the left, greens, liberals and all progressives the nationalisation of Northern Rock cannot be allowed to fail; that would be another defeat for public ownership. Northern Rock must succeed to demonstrate that public ownership can work where free market capitalism has failed."
You can read the rest of Peter Tatchell's excellent article here. And if you agree that public ownership needs to be back at the top of the political agenda, then this is the campaign for you.