Last weeks admissions of failure by the British Water Companies are the perfect demonstration of the failure of Margaret Thatcher’s privatisations. Water pollution in the UK reflects and reveals decades of mismanagement by these water companies and exposes once and for all the failures of Britain’s privatisations brought about by the Thatcher and Major governments.
Now the final cost of these privatisations include polluted rivers and the coastline of the British Isles. Years of lack of investment and mismanagement have surfaced to show us the extent of the problems of privatisation. These companies have been creaming off profits to shareholders and investing in other business interests whilst neglecting their primary purpose. The stench of corruption and malpractice is as bad as the stench left by them in our polluted rivers and our beaches. Companies such as these have the obligation to look after the resources they are managing not to trash them. This obligation should be a prerequisite to the nature of there work. Hence by increasing pollution in our rivers and upon our beaches they have failed to execute their duties properly and should be removed as a liability as quickly as possible. It wouldn’t take long to do this and to prove this in a court of law and the British Government should be pressed to do so as a matter of obligation. However we have a Conservative Government in power that still supports these failed privations dating back to the Thatcher and Major Governments so any action on the matter seems remote.
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Sir Kier Starmer sent a strong message to the UK Energy Providers with an underlying threat made at the Labour Party Conference yesterday. If Labour gets elected it will set up a new publicly owned Energy Provider that will be in direct competition with the current UK Energy Providers. However it will be run for the benefit of the public and not as a privatised enterprise. This was initially my idea that I provided to the Labour Party on 19th October 2017. See my post http://havemysay.me.uk/competition-is-the-way-forward-for-the-public-ownership-of-gas-and-electricity-in-britain
Let’s get an Energy Company that works for Britain: instead of outside interests
So this was originally my idea of setting up a Government owned Energy Company offering direct competition to the current suppliers with the aim of putting them out of business. So instead of raising public funds to re-nationalise we can actually put them out of business instead without having to pay any compensation to shareholders. Even though Sir Kier Starmer didn’t mention putting them out of business that is surely the ultimate aim. Clearing the way for Britain to at last and again be in total charge of it’s energy provision. Let’s finally rid ourselves of outside interests from other countries leaching on our energy markets. Let’s stop subsidising other countries and standing by while they benefit from our subsidiaries. Let’s get an energy market that works for Britain and Britain alone.
It could be though of as re-nationalisation by stealth and uses Thatcher’s own policies of market competition to re-nationalise and take Energy Provision back into Public Ownership. This was my idea and it has obviously been taken on by Sir Kier and the Labour Party.
Should the Energy Providers be worried: you bet they should
So should the UK’S Energy Providers should be worried: you bet they should. The public image of these companies are that they are greedy and exploitative and those that endorse them ( the Tories) are tarred with the same brush. It’s time to sweep them aside by taking all their customers by offering a better deal from a government owned Energy Provider working for the benefit of all UK citizens and putting profits back at the disposal of the UK Government. This is Thatcherism in reverse at long last so that the greedy UK Energy Providers get put out of business using the very policies of competition that brought them into being in the first place. At long last Sir Kier Starmer has the clear thinking to finally offer some new thinking to tackle the long entrenched, outdated and discredited policies of Thatcherism. With a little help from me of course.
A sure fire way to get the utilities and railways back into public ownership and the less costly way of achieving this.
Yes I admire the ambition of the Labour Party Manifesto and it’s aim to get the Gas and Electricity utilities and railways back into public ownership. Success of this would lead to a more prosperous and fairer Britain and it would be the start of a new era for Britain. Yes it is high time to reverse the failed privatisations of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and this would be a move which would put Britain on track again. However the scale and the cost of the task is dauntingly enormous and Thatcher knew how difficult it would be to ever go backwards. She tried to make her privatisations irreversible in an attempt to frustrate any attempts to ever develop socialism in Britain. She thought that she had had the final word but despite this there was a fundamental flaw in her plan and one which the Labour Party could exploit if it is savvy enough.
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