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Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-01-10 06:56 PM
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7. 'Selling Edinburgh off will come at great cost to us all.'
The following letter, written by John Stevenson, President of the UNISON public-service trade-union, City of Edinburgh Branch, appeared in Thursday's Edinburgh Evening News. It concerns the accelerating privatisation of public services under the Lib-Con coalition.

In an otherwise enlightened article on council funding and privatisation (Counting the cost of public service cuts, News, July 27), Rory Reynolds spoils it when he says, "the status quo is unsustainable".

Thank goodness the government after the Second World War was not so defeatist. At that time, the national debt (as a percentage of Gross National Product) was three times the current debt.

"Yet the country managed to create the NHS, create proper pensions and and instigate the biggest social housing programme ever seen. (On edit: Also, nationalisation and extension of what became a wonderful national transport system, each bus with a BUS CONDUCTOR, as well as the driver).

By all means report on the current financial crisis facing the council, but don't fall for the Con-Lib spin that there is no alterative.

Let's have a real debate about the so-called 'crisis'. Let's learn from the rebuilding in the USA after the depression.

If Edinburgh is sold off, it will not just be the essential public services that are cut, but the thousands of businesses that rely on them. Sold off to multinationals with no base in the city, not for efficiency, but for profit - and to allow councillors to pass the buck and say, 'It was the big company that didn't deliver, not us'.

The cuts we face are ideological, not financial. We need to wake up to that."

In another connection, not unrelated...

'Demented' cartoon by Jackie Fleming in the Mail on Sunday's supplement, 'You': a middle-aged couple sitting on their sofa, he, looking a little gormless, she, reading a book. He asks, 'Why would they cut incapacity benefit, when there are billions owing in the tax avoidance of the rich....?' Without looking up, she responds, 'They are the rich'.

... nuff said.

Of course, it could be applied to the whole of the safety-net of public services, they'll be eyeing covetously.
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