My local experience as a constituency MP has been a reminder of how nationalisation failed and privatisation works.
Posts Tagged: Nationalisation
Lord Ashcroft: “Vote Labour and get a free kitten” – my General Election focus groups, with three weeks to go
Previous Labour voters wondered whether the party’s pledges were credible or affordable.
The Labour manifesto isn’t just full of bad ideas, it’s based on dubious or non-existent costings. At least it makes their grassroots happy.
The Labour leader received a rapturous welcome from his fans.
He can’t manage an ordered manifesto launch, but wants voters to give him direct control of vast swathes of industry.
A great swathe of Labour’s core vote will loathe the party’s Brexit and migration plans. Now Crosby must make them known.
Corbyn’s Michael Foot tribute act gives the Conservatives the potential to secure a landslide by winning over the patriotic working-class vote.
In the last year he has lost much of his grassroots support and a powerful patron, leaving him without political armour.
Douglas Hansen-Luke: Tata Steel. Neither closure nor nationalisation make sense. Here’s a strategic alternative.
Javid should be bold, and push for a British steel reserve modelled on America’s oil reserve.
Labour are launching petitions and making absurd attacks on Javid rather than presenting a viable solution.
Introduce tariffs? Nationalise Tata Steel? Cut green taxes?
Paddy Briggs: Rail privatisation hasn’t worked, but Corbyn’s renationalisation wouldn’t either. We need a third way.
Public accountability, not public ownership, is the key.
British freight trains averaged 22½ mph in 1973 – that’s slower than Usain Bolt.
“I don’t think actually, in the end, most people will want the actually quite statist, nationalising ideas from the 20th Century.”
“…can we say that if he won, and after due process, he’d like to see a far more profound version of the clause in the party’s constitution? Jez we can.”
Matthew Plummer: Yearn for the days of British Rail? Think again. Nationalised railways are a nightmare.
You don’t have to go to France to see what a renationalised railway system would be like for the travelling public: look no further than our own East Coast service.