Privatisation has so much to answer for | Letters
As members of the Unison union’s water, environment and transport section, we are pleased to see our union’s longstanding policy of renationalisation of water, rail and energy addressed in Labour’s election manifesto. Consumers and water workers have paid the price of the industry being organised for private profit, with a massive 40% increase above inflation since privatisation under Margaret Thatcher in 1989. The recent chaos on Southern Rail underlines how the relentless drive for profits and dividend payouts can threaten essential safety, as well as jobs and reliability of service on the railways. The sooner vital services such as these are taken back into public ownership and are run for public good and not for private gain, the better – as indeed is already the case for water services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Mike Killian, John Jones, Clive Craske, Sikander Rashid, Ellis Clarke, Phil Rooke All members of Unison
• Those who fought and struggled throughout the second world war were fighting for what they believed in: a Britain free from domination by other countries. What would they think of Britain now? A small island owned by foreign corporations and governments from Moscow to Mecca to Mumbai? A bargain basement floating off the shores of Europe, open to all offers from foreign investors and governments, with subsidies from UK taxpayers.
Source: Guardian Transport