New poll: mass support for public ownership

Privatisation is unpopular, a failure, and being rejected across the Western world. That’s the finding of a major report from the new campaign group ‘We Own It‘, which calls for a new public service users’ bill. The report draws on a poll the organisation commissioned from Survation, and gives a wealth of academic studies and […]

How Do We Stop The Student Loan Book Sell-Off?

  Not content with attacking current and future students, the Coalition government now seek to privatise the student loans book, and thus extend their attack to graduates. This would allow the rates of interest at which graduates repay their loans to be altered from the current 1.5%. For example, the interest rate could more than […]

Rail Renationalisation: Edinburgh meeting with Christian Wolmar

While I was first becoming interested in a serious way in politics there were lots of interesting things happening. I was very interested in the peace process in the north of Ireland. But one thing that really caught my attention was rail privatisation. And the man who I read almost daily on this was Christian […]

Caroline Lucas’ bill to renationalise the railways published today

“Britain was once a world leader in transport thanks to our hugely successful railways, but today’s privatised system – characterised by poor services and some of the most expensive fares in Europe – is ripping off passengers, harming the economy and failing the environment.”

Academics and the defence of their universities

Luke Martell An inspiring Convention for Higher Education in Brighton has made an important step forward, discussing what the public university should be, and investigating the implications of its marketisation. Universities in England have introduced sky-high tuition fees. Inequalities will escalate. Private providers are working their way in, with government support. Competition between universities more […]

Watch the Greens’ thrillingly unapologetic, socialist broadcast

Caroline Lucas’ local election film is the clearest and most explicit proclamation of the Greens’ democratic socialist principles ever.

Sussex Uni ‘Pop-Up Union’ to fight outsourcing

Workers at the University of Sussex have formed a new union in a bid to halt the outsourcing of 235 campus jobs. The initiative comes from rank-and-file members of the three recognised campus trade unions, with the support of students from the now six-week old Occupy Sussex movement. Announcing the move at a mass demonstration […]

East Coast rail re-privatisation is a foolish mistake

by George Woods Yesterday, the Government announced it is accelerating the re-privatisation of the East Coast railway, which they say will now take place in December 2014. The story of East Coast in public hands has been a clear success. In 2009 National Express walked away from the route mid-franchise, citing insufficient profits. This in […]

The Sussex Occupation and the Privatisation of University Education

Luke Martell The Sussex Uni occupation against outsourcing is in its seventh week. It hosts a national demo against education privatisation today. You can quibble whether what’s happening at Sussex is privatisation. But services run by a not-for-profit charity are to be outsourced to private companies. 235 workers will have their employment transferred to providers […]

Alan Milburn was paid by NHS privateers while still an MP

This isn’t new information, but it was new to me. This Guardian article from two years ago says that, when he was still an MP, Alan Milburn was getting £25-30k a year from a company called Bridgepoint. But it doesn’t tell you who Bridgepoint are. Here’s the answer: they are a private equity company. In […]

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