Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Save the Royal Mail!

Having sold off Search and Rescue, the manic privatisers in the UK Coalition are now turning their attentions to the Royal Mail, with an autumn sell-off planned. We can't allow the neoliberals to destroy our postal service in the same way they've destroyed our railways and other public services.

You can sign a petition against the privatisation here, and a model letter for you to send to your MP is also available. Also, please keep an eye on the CPO Twitter feed @PublicOwnership and the Save our Royal Mail website for details of forthcoming demonstrations/protests against the planned sell-off.

As to what a privatised postal service would be like, we don't have to look far: only to The Netherlands where privatisation has brought chaos (article here).  This chaos will be coming to the UK, if the Coalition get their way.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Energy crisis? The answer is obvious: renationalisation

This piece by CPO co-founder Neil Clark, on privatisation and the 'Emperor's New Clothes' effect, appears in the Morning Star

.......Another good example of the Emperor's New Clothes effect is the current "debate" about soaring gas and electricity bills and what the government should do about them.
The "experts" tell us that we need more competition in the energy market. We need more regulation.
We need the government to "get tough" with the utility companies and make it easier for us to switch providers.
But the reason why our utility bills are so high and continue to rise year after year above inflation is a simple one indeed. It is the same reason our rail fares are so high and continue to rise year after year above inflation. It's called "privatisation."

You can read the piece in full here.