Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Royal Mail privatisation was all about ideology

John Elledge is absolutely right in this article in the New Statesman, the Royal Mail privatisation was all about ideology:  http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/04/royal-mail-underselling-shows-was-privatisation-through-ideology-not-pragmatism

But the ideology was not right wing vs left wing (the previous Labour government wanted privatisation).

The ideology was European and related to EU competition policy which bans state subsidies (and state ownership) of all kinds.

John Elledge needs to be looking at inter-state EU meetings of senior civil servants where these decisions are being worked out.

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