Harold MacMillan - Charlie Richardson - The Corporation 2003 & Noam Chomsky - Paul Foot - John Pilger - Andrew Marr TV - Alex Jones TV - Ruben Hinojosa - Misha Glenny - Mark Thomas TV -
31,482. First of all the Georgian silver goes, and then all that nice furniture that used to be in the saloon. Then the Canalettos go. (Great Britain & England & Thatcher & Privatisation) Harold MacMillan, re privatisation
41,976. The City is far more dishonest than anything I did before. The biggest organised crime in Britain was performed by the government stealing something the British people already owned and selling it back to them. (Banksters & Privatisation & Finance & Economics) Charlie Richardson, London gangsta worked in City on release from prison 1984
42,495. Privatisation: ‘You take a public institution and you give it to an unaccountable tyranny.’ (Corporation & Privatisation & Public Sector) Noam Chomsky, interview The Corporation 2003
48,810. Electricity generation was carefully parcelled out to two huge monopolies, Power-Gen and National Power. The 12 public electricity distribution companies were transformed into 12 private electricity distribution companies, run by exactly the same people and in exactly the same way as before ...
The only difference is that the new monopolies are not answerable to any elected authority and provide the most lavish largesse for their top executives and shareholders. John Baker, a bureaucrat who ran the CEGB at £76,000 a year is now an ‘entrepreneur’ who runs National Power for £347,911 a year, plus share options. In the first full year of trading the electricity companies paid out more than £300 million in dividends to private individuals, funds, trusts and banks. Almost at once the market went into another spasm of greed. The new companies, using special powers given to them by Parkinson and Wake-ham (powers which had been specifically denied to the old nationalised companies) started to fund new gas fired power stations. The chief effect of this ‘dash for gas’ was to increase the overcapacity of power supply by a fantastic 25 per cent.
Was the purpose to make electricity cheaper? All the evidence suggests that the new gas fired electricity will be more expensive than the coal fired kind in the short term and much more expensive in the long term. How, in this disciplined and consumer conscious market, can billions of pounds be spent on increasing power, when there is apparently too much of it already, and into the bargain make it more expensive?
First, because the investors in private electricity want to collect a dividend from their share in the new gas stations, there is no dividend from nationalised coal. Secondly, the gas fired stations provide the new power vampires with a source of power supply where the unions are not half as strong as in the pits. So the market works against its own logic, increasing overcapacity and raising prices, solely in order to shift the balance of the fight against the workers.
This is also the only explanation for the greatest absurdity of all in the privatised power market; the subsidy for the nuclear industry. If the coal industry had the £1.3 billion subsidy dished out by the government for its unprofitable and dangerous nuclear power stations, coal could be given away free, delivered free and in abundance to every power station and every home, and still make a profit. (Electricity & Privatisation) Paul Foot, article November 1992 'Birth of Our Power'
85,772. The huge privatisations which were meant to sweep away bureaucracy and bring down prices have set up new bureaucracies even more offensive and remote than their predecessors. Basic utilities such as water, electricity and gas have been delivered into the hands of greedy businesses which go about their profit-making without even a glance in the direction of parliament. Paul Foot, The Case for Socialism 1990
85,773. It can only be a disaster, a disaster on many levels. For one thing you’ll see is the end of public service, and I think people now realise the true value of public service as the economy starts to melt down. In a way, that’s the biggest example of what a disaster privatisation is, that public service as such never really implodes or melts down. It’s a form of privatisation of capital ... That whole unspoken ethos would go. (Privatisation & Public Sector) John Pilger, interview re privatisation of Sydney ferry service
85,774. The country was gripped by a borrowing frenzy. And it fuelled the mother and father of all consumer booms. This is the moment when British shopping goes turbo-charged ... In the 80s for the first time we are what we buy. Now there was no stopping the revolution. The Conservatives set about selling off state owned industries. Oil, electricity, steel, water, phones, airlines, all sold to the private sector. Privatisation became the very essence of Thatcherism. And British Gas was the biggest privatisation of the lot ... Billboards proclaiming Tell Sid. (Privatisation & Public Sector) Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain
85,775. The New World Order also allows European Union controlled and private financed corporations to buy up critical government services like waste, water and electricity. Privatisation isn’t private at all. It is simply a partnership between select corporations that act more like organised crime rings or modern pirates in partnership between government to bring you this tyranny. (Privatisation & Public Sector) Alex Jones, Police State III: Total Enslavement
85,776. The privatization plan weakens Social Security and threatens our economic security by creating trillions of dollars in new debt. Ruben Hinojosa
95,400. Russia’s economy became a giant Petri-dish of Chicago-school market economics, but among the cultures they were busy cultivating was a Frankenstein that slipped out through the door of their laboratory almost unnoticed ... The coupling of a privatised foreign-trade mechanism with the retention of rock-bottom subsidized commodity prices gave birth within months to the entirely new species of robber baron – the Russian oligarch. (Russia & Economics & Capitalism & Gangstas & Privatisation) Misha Glenny, McMafia
95,401. The process of enrichment was quite simply the grandest larceny in history and stands no historical comparison ... the biggest single flight of capital the world has ever seen. (Russia & Gangstas & Economics & Capitalism & Commerce & Theft & Privatisation) ibid.
95,402. The Soviet bureaucrats who still administered the state did not understand how to monitor, regulate or adjudicate the principles of commercial exchange. (Russia & Economics & Capitalism & Commerce & Privatisation) ibid.
99,511. Tube: it carries as many passengers as the rail network … This is a flagship policy … People don’t want the Tube to be privatised. (Underground Trains & Privatisation & Railway) Mark Thomas Comedy Product s5e6
99,512. When you privatise the rail network … you fragment it. (Underground Trains & Privatisation & Railway) ibid.
99,513. The House of Lords: the vermin in ermine. (House of Lords) ibid.
99,514. Enhanced PPP. Son of PPP. George W PPP. (Underground Trains & Privatisation & Railway) ibid.
99,515. They’ve already split the Tube up into four distinct companies … It’s called shadow running. (Underground Trains & Privatisation & Railway) ibid.
99,516. They’re going on strike for safety … This is our underground system. They’re your drivers. (Underground Trains & Privatisation & Railway & Strike & Safety) ibid.