Fear and loathing in Great Britain

25_september_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,211

Friday 25 September 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

When is a scam not a scam? When it’s government privatisation, silly. George Osborne sells us the idea that privatisation is more efficient, cheaper and provides better service, he might even believe it, but if so he does so because he wilfully avoids anything that might upset his rather touching belief.

The point of universal public services is that they are provided regardless of whether they are cost effective in a business sense or not, this applies particularly to rural communities. Utilities like water, gas, electricity, postal, phone and internet services and especially transport services are inevitably more costly (or less likely to pay for themselves) to provide in remote areas than in densely populated areas and that is right and as it should be, there’s just no way round it unless one wilfully…

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