The high price we all pay for the failures of privatisation | Letters

The high price we all pay for the failures of privatisation | Letters
Guardian readers respond positively to Labour’s manifesto proposals to renationalise water services, railways and the Royal Mail

The prospect of renationalising the water supply (Labour manifesto: From pensions to public ownership, 17 May) reminds me of what Joseph Chamberlain said to a House of Commons committee in 1875 when Birmingham Corporation was intending to purchase the Birmingham Waterworks Company: “We have not the slightest intention of making profit … We shall get our profit indirectly in the comfort of the town and in the health of the inhabitants.”
John Illingworth
Bradford, West Yorkshire

• There was much opposition, even in her own party, when Mrs Thatcher proposed privatising water services. Water is a basic need and should not be left to profit-seeking companies. One of the damaging consequences of privatisation was that it made impossible a scheme water engineers had been working on for some time. It often happened that there was a hosepipe ban in the south and flood warnings in the north. The plan was to take the waters of the north down south through a series of aqueducts and reservoirs. It was clearly complicated, and had to have the cooperation and support of workers in the industry throughout the country. Privatisation made it impossible.
Margaret Tuckwell
Highworth, Wiltshire

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