Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Pull up on the hard shoulder, David Cameron, and think again.
This piece of mine appears in The Week/The First Post.
Neil Clark: The toll-roads wheeze is not just a bad idea, it's bad politics - if the PM wants to keep Conservatives on side.
THEY'VE flogged off the Tote, the state-owned bookmaker set up by Winston Churchill in 1928. They've sold the Channel Tunnel rail link to two Canadian pension funds. The NHS faces privatisation in all but name, some police services are to be carried out by private companies, and the Royal Mail, in state hands since its inception in 1516, is to be sold, with the taxpayer left paying for the company's pension fund liabilities.
And still the serial privatisers in the ConDem coalition aren't satisfied.
The most manically pro-privatisation government in British history - one which makes even the Thatcher governments from 1979-90 look positively social democratic - now wants to hand our motorways and 'A' roads over to private companies and foreign-owned investment funds.
You can read the whole article here.