A new volume of essays puts special advisers in historical context, and suggests the Cabinet has been marginalised by a succession of over-mighty PMs.
Posts Tagged: Privatisation
John Redwood: Lessons for managing civil service obstruction from the Thatcher years. And my role as head of her Policy Unit.
There were plenty of Yes Minister routines and scripts to live through then as now. Much of the system did not like the privatisation programme.
Chris Whiteside: I’ve worked for BT for over 30 years. Here’s my take on why Labour’s broadband plan would destroy the industy.
It is capitalising on voters who weren’t born in the era of state monopolies having no idea how much worse these companies were under Corbyn’s dinosaur model.
The era of government-run railway infrastructure has been, for the most part, one of decline and a clear lack of ambition.
Britain Beyond Brexit, a New Conservative Vision for a New Generation, is published today by the CPS.
Strikes are causing misery for train passengers. But don’t expect condemnation from Corbynista MPs – they are funded by the RMT.
Rebecca Lowe: Nationalisation. Ask not only: would the state do it better? But also – should it be involved at all?
It was darkly funny to see Labour MPs claiming that nationalisation could fix signals failures when track infrastructure is owned and controlled by the state.
David Hare: To help ensure better healthcare, politicians must make the case for the NHS internal market
The public are consistently reported as being entirely relaxed about who provides their care. What matters is that it is high quality and free at the point of use.
Selling off the Royal Bank of Scotland without taking the chance to widen share ownership would be a wasted opportunity.
Onward, FREER, the revitalised CPS. The Tory MPs involved in all these will have to take some risks if they’re to get off the groumd.
“Why shouldn’t a mutual, a not-for-profit, or even a charity be able to bid” to run the East Coast Mainline? Tugendhat on markets.
“Competition doesn’t mean privatisation.” The full text of his speech to the Social Market Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
If, God forbid, Corbyn’s nationalisation fantasies ever come to pass, it will be in large part thanks to the offences of the worst public contractors.
Plus: Corbyn’s lack of private sector experience. And, come to think of it, his lack of public sector experience. And: justice for Worboys’ victims.
“If it was the case that the Government… pulled out of contracts whenever a profit warning was issued, that would be the best way to ensure that companies failed and jobs were lost.”
Huw Merriman: Celebrate the successes of rail privatisation – and push for further reform to reduce fares
It would be wrong, and fruitless, to try to ape Labour by denying the clear improvements delivered since the end of British Rail.