You Cannot Run a Public Service Like a Business, and Here’s Why…

I’m old enough to remember when we had proper public services and essential industries like coal and steel were nationalised. I don’t think I’m looking through rose tinted specs when I say things were fairer and society more equitable back then. The rot really set in with Thatcher and now the cancer of privatisation has almost killed the patient. This is a great blog post . Read and learn…

Scriptonite Daily

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One of the greatest myths of our time is that public services can be made more efficient if we run them as businesses.  The commercialisation of our public services has been a manifest failure, and the response offered by the mainstream parties is that we simply haven’t commercialised them enough. What they fail to understand is that a public service and a business are inherently different beasts and asking one to behave as the other is like asking a fish to ride a bicycle.

What is a Public Service?PS2

The primary aim of a public service is to provide a service to the public.  This service exists to avoid negative social impacts and protect crucial social utilities from the instabilities of capitalism.

Within living memory it was considered basic common sense that essentials like food, water, energy, access to health services, housing, sanitation and sewage, social care and core…

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