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.”
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.
Source: Guardian Transport