petej + privatisation   331

Brexit proved our economy is broken, but our leaders still have no clue how to fix it | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
It ultimately comes down to this: decades of privatisation, hammering unions and chucking billions at the housing market while stripping the welfare state has effectively ended any semblance of a national, redistributive economy in which a child born in Sunderland can expect to have similar life chances to one born in Surrey. Yet politicians remain fixated on mechanisms that no longer work adequately for those who actually depend on the economy. They obsess over GDP growth when the benefits of that are unequally shared between classes and regions. They boast about job creation when wages are still on the floor.
UK  economy  inequality  Brexit  CoetzeeRyan  OsborneGeorge  HammondPhilip  DuncanSmithIain  deindustrialisation  unemployment  privatisation  cuts  GDP  LegatumInstitute  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
january 2019 by petej
Britain fell for a neoliberal con trick – even the IMF says so | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
Let us get it straight. Neoliberalism has ripped you off and robbed you blind. The evidence of that is mounting up – in your bills, in your services and in the finances of your country.
UK  neoliberalism  publicSpending  privatisation  state  cuts  economics  politics  austerity  IMF  finance  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
october 2018 by petej
Capitalism’s new crisis: after Carillion, can the private sector ever be trusted? | Politics | The Guardian
British company law does not require companies to declare any purpose when they incorporate: indeed, the whole British ecosystem is organised to put short-term financial priorities first, and all the other things that make a company great – its people, its relationship with its customers, its capacity to innovate, its declared reason for being – in second place. Bad economics married with Britain’s unique institutions delivered what we now have: a rogue form of capitalism.
Carillion  outsourcing  privatisation  PFI  publicServices  MajorJohn  NewLabour  Serco  G4S  Learndirect  capitalism  purpose  profits  short-termism  finance  dctagged  dc:creator=HuttonWill 
january 2018 by petej
Ink It Onto Your Knuckles – Carillion Is How Neoliberalism Lives and Breathes | Novara Media
In the 19th century, the state stood back to let market forces rip and allow businesses to stand or fall. Under neoliberalism, the role of the state is to continuously create opportunities for profit in the private sector by extending market forces into areas where they did not previously exist. In this sense, Carillion was not the product of entrepreneurship but of government policy.
Carillion  construction  infrastructure  privatisation  PFI  neoliberalism  blacklisting  tradeUnions  business  dctagged  dc:creator=MasonPaul 
january 2018 by petej
Coders of the world, unite: can Silicon Valley workers curb the power of Big Tech? | News | The Guardian
The name Tech Workers Coalition contains two provocations. The first is to recognise that what engineers do is work. Many aspects of life in Silicon Valley, from casual dress codes to horizontal management structures, are designed to discourage white-collar employees from seeing themselves as workers. Tech campuses offer the conveniences, and atmosphere, of a privileged childhood: cafeterias and cleaning services and gym classes; candy dispensers and dinosaur sculptures and even indoor jungle gyms. These perks encourage employees to spend more and more of their time at work, or even to erase the boundaries between life and work altogether. They also encourage people to think of themselves as potential founders or venture capitalists investing in their futures, rather than workers performing tasks in order to draw a wage.

The second idea is that white-collar professionals are not the only tech workers. According to the advocacy group Silicon Valley Rising, for every engineer who gets hired, three to four more lower-wage jobs get created. Large tech campuses separate their white-collar workers from the blue-collar workers who cook and serve their food, clean their floors and stand guard outside their doors; the latter are usually brought in by independent contractors. But they are all part of the same industry.
SiliconValley  CalifornianIdeology  technoUtopianism  privatisation  politics  misinformation  platforms  fakeNews  manipulation  regulation  TrumpDonald  DemocraticParty  TheLeft  TechLeft  work  labour  TWC  developers  programming  CeglowskiMaciej  TechSolidarity 
november 2017 by petej
How power operates in modern Britain: with absolute contempt | Aditya Chakraborrty | Opinion | The Guardian
The council’s own 2015 assessment of its housing strategy says: “Black residents may not benefit from the plans to build more homes in the borough.” It goes on: “The ability of local people to afford the new homes being built, is dependent on them … increasing their incomes to a sufficient level to afford the new homes.”
housing  socialHousing  Haringey  privatisation  development  localGovernment  accountability  London  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
july 2017 by petej
The end of the Long 90s | Flip Chart Fairy Tales
The campaign for Brexit was, for the most part, led and financed by the libertarian free-market right; people who want more deregulation, less tax and a smaller state. It is beginning to dawn on some of them that Brexit may deliver the exact opposite. For Andrew Lilico, one of the relatively few economists to support Brexit, all that matters now is stopping Corbyn.

Everything else is secondary now to stopping him. Austerity, Brexit, public services reform, trade deals with the US, foibles about doing deals with Irish politicians or Lib Dems – even new anti-terror laws. Everything else is secondary and expendable for the moment.

It was their own fault. The Brexiters fanned the flames of populism and re-introduced people to the notion that voting might change things. They thought that the new post-Brexit Britain would be theirs. Now they realise it probably won’t.

When historians and political scientists look back, in a decade or so, one image will define the Summer of ’17. It won’t be a distraught Theresa May or a waving Jeremy Corbyn. It will be the burning Grenfell Tower. It is still way too early to be clear about what went wrong and who’s fault it might have been but, regardless of the causes of the fire, as the Guido Fawkes blog complains, the political fallout is already damaging the Conservatives. It doesn’t really matter how much of a role austerity, a scrimping Tory council, outsourcing and deregulation had in making the catastrophic blaze more likely, the story fits the spirit of the times. Grenfell was a tower block housing the poor in the middle of one of the country’s richest constituencies, the one in which, less than a week earlier, Labour had overturned decades of solid Tory majorities. It may, in time, become a symbol of the point at which British politics turned.
UK  politics  economics  economy  liberalism  privatisation  deregulation  diversity  Blairism  livingStandards  immigration  Brexit  ToryParty  UKIP  LabourParty 
june 2017 by petej
Neoliberalism: the deep story that lies beneath Donald Trump’s triumph | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
"The paradoxical result is that the backlash against neoliberalism’s crushing of political choice has elevated just the kind of man that Hayek worshipped. Trump, who has no coherent politics, is not a classic neoliberal. But he is the perfect representation of Hayek’s “independent”; the beneficiary of inherited wealth, unconstrained by common morality, whose gross predilections strike a new path that others may follow. The neoliberal thinktankers are now swarming round this hollow man, this empty vessel waiting to be filled by those who know what they want. The likely result is the demolition of our remaining decencies, beginning with the agreement to limit global warming.

Those who tell the stories run the world. Politics has failed through a lack of competing narratives. The key task now is to tell a new story of what it is to be a human in the 21st century. It must be as appealing to some who have voted for Trump and Ukip as it is to the supporters of Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Jeremy Corbyn.

A few of us have been working on this, and can discern what may be the beginning of a story. It’s too early to say much yet, but at its core is the recognition that – as modern psychology and neuroscience make abundantly clear – human beings, by comparison with any other animals, are both remarkably social and remarkably unselfish. The atomisation and self-interested behaviour neoliberalism promotes run counter to much of what comprises human nature.

Hayek told us who we are, and he was wrong. Our first step is to reclaim our humanity."
neoliberalism  politics  Hayek  Thatcher  Thatcherism  inequality  state  welfare  deregulation  privatisation  TrumpDonald  dctagged  dc:creator=MonbiotGeorge 
november 2016 by petej
The Leviathan of Silicon Valley
"There are hundreds of startups in Berlin — some of them are nonprofit groups — that are trying to fight surveillance with cool apps. To me, fighting what I perceive to be the cutting edge of neoliberal capitalism with an app is probably as stupid as fighting the European Central Bank and austerity measures with an app; it requires a very different approach. It requires a political campaign, it requires a political force on the ground, it requires social movements and proper analytical and economic analysis of the forces that have produced the problem that you’re trying to solve — in this case the problem of privacy.

Unfortunately, we in Europe, for the most part, have been completely caught up in this simplistic mindset, whereby we either opt for new legal solutions, or we encourage entrepreneurs to build apps that will deliver privacy."
SiliconValley  informationTechnology  monopolies  neoliberalism  Google  SchmidtEric  data  personalData  control  surveillance  NSA  policing  privatisation  infrastructure  SnowdenEdward  commodification  financialisation  dctagged  dc:creator=MorozovEvgeny 
january 2016 by petej
« earlier      
per page:    204080120160

related tags

3cosas  38Degrees  53Group  1970s  A&E  A4e  abortion  academies  access  accommodation  accountability  accountancy  ACEVO  activism  AdonisAndrew  advertising  affordability  agreement  algorithms  alienation  Allende  ANC  ANEL  AngellRichard  anger  anti-capitalism  anti-cuts  ApolloGroup  architecture  armsTrade  art  Assen  assessment  assets  asylum  asymmetry  Atos  audio  austerity  authentication  bailout  BankOfEngland  banks  BarberBrendan  Barnet  Baudrillard  BBC  bedroomTax  beef  benefits  Bennism  bigData  BIS  blacklisting  Blairism  BlairTony  blockadeNHS  blocking  BlondPhilip  BlondPhillip  BlueLabour  BMA  BofE  book  BorderAgency  borrowing  Bounty  BoyleDanny  BPP  branding  BrandRussell  BransonRichard  Brexit  BritishAirways  BritishMuseum  Britishness  broadcasting  Browne  BrownGordon  BucklesNick  building  bullying  BurgessJohn  bus  business  businessModels  CabinetOffice  CableVince  CalifornianIdeology  CambridgeAnalytica  Camden  CameronDavid  campaign  campaigning  Campsfield  Capita  capitalism  care  CareUK  Carillion  CarneyMark  cars  Cassetteboy  casualisation  CBI  CeglowskiMaciej  censorship  change  charities  chicken  Chile  China  choice  Circle  cities  civilDisobedience  civilLiberties  CivilService  cladding  class  climateChange  cloudComputing  coalition  coercion  CoetzeeRyan  colleges  commodification  communication  competition  complexity  conditions  construction  consultants  consumerism  contracts  control  cooperation  cooption  CorbynJeremy  core  corruption  costOfLiving  costs  councilHousing  councils  CQC  credit  crime  crisis  crowdsourcing  CruddasJon  culture  customers  cuts  CWU  DarlingAlistair  data  dc:contributor=BlakeleyGrace  dc:contributor=ButlerJames  dc:contributor=MeadwayJames  dc:contributor=MorozovEvgeny  dc:contributor=PettiforAnn  dc:creator=BastaniAaron  dc:creator=BlackburnRobin  dc:creator=ButlerJames  dc:creator=ChakraborrtyAditya  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya  dc:creator=CohenNick  dc:creator=ColliniStefan  dc:creator=CollinsonPatrick  dc:creator=CoppolaFrances  dc:creator=DaviesWill  dc:creator=ElliottLarry  dc:creator=EveMartin  dc:creator=FinlaysonLorna  dc:creator=FosterDawn  dc:creator=FreedlandJonathan  dc:creator=GarrettBradley  dc:creator=GrayJohn  dc:creator=HanleyLynsey  dc:creator=HardingJeremy  dc:creator=HareDavid  dc:creator=HarrisJohn  dc:creator=HatherleyOwen  dc:creator=HirstTony  dc:creator=HuttonWill  dc:creator=JenkinsSimon  dc:creator=JonesOwen  dc:creator=KleinNaomi  dc:creator=MasonPaul  dc:creator=MeekJames  dc:creator=MilneSeumas  dc:creator=MitchellDavid  dc:creator=MonbiotGeorge  dc:creator=MooreSuzanne  dc:creator=MorozovEvgeny  dc:creator=MurphyDouglas  dc:creator=O'ReillyTim  dc:creator=PestonRobert  dc:creator=PettiforAnn  dc:creator=RamsayAdam  dc:creator=RobertsGeorge  dc:creator=RobertsMichael  dc:creator=ScottPeter  dc:creator=SeymourRichard  dc:creator=SiemensGeorge  dc:creator=StreeckWolfgang  dc:creator=SwartzAaron  dc:creator=ToynbeePolly  dc:creator=UmunnaChukka  dc:creator=VaroufakisYanis  dc:creator=WellerMartin  dc:creator=WilliamsZoe  dc:creator=ZuckermanEthan  dctagged  debt  decentralisation  deficit  deindustrialisation  delivery  demand  democracy  DemocraticParty  demonstration  deportation  deregulation  detention  developers  development  devolution  directAction  disability  discipline  discrimination  discussion  disruption  diversity  doctors  Doncaster  DuncanSmithIain  E.ON  EastCoast  EC  ECB  ECJ  economics  economy  EddingtonRod  EDF  editorial  edtech  education  EFSF  Eindhoven  ELA  election  electricity  elitism  Elsevier  emotion  emotionalLabour  employment  energy  Enfield  enforcement  England  Enschede  entrepreneurialism  entrepreneurs  entrepreneurship  environment  ESM  EU  Euro  Eurogroup  Europe  Eurostar  Euston  exclusion  exploitation  exploration  externalities  Facebook  fakeNews  FalklandsWar  FarageNigel  fares  fashion  fees  film  finance  financialisation  fire  flooding  flotation  food  France  FranceTelecom  fraud  freeEducation  freeSchools  freeSoftware  FriedmanMilton  funding  G4S  gas  GDP  GDS  ge2015  ge2017  generalElection  Germany  GlasmanMaurice  globalisation  globalWarming  GM  Google  GouldGeorgia  GoveMichael  government  GPs  grants  GraylingChris  Greece  GrenfellTower  grexit  growth  GTR  HammondPhilip  hardBrexit  hardworkingFamilies  Haringey  HarrisonEmma  Hayek  HDV  health  HealthAndSocialCareBill  healthcare  high-rise  higherEducation  history  homelessness  HomeOffice  homophobia  homosexuality  hospitals  hours  householdFallacy  HouseOfLords  housing  HS2  humanitarianism  humour  HuntJeremy  HuttonWill  identity  identityAssurance  identityProvider  ideology  IEA  IMF  immigration  impact  imperialism  independence  IndependentGreeks  indignados  individualism  indyref  inequality  informationTechnology  infrastructure  injunction  innovation  insecurity  inspection  instability  insurance  integration  interestRates  internationalism  Internet  InternetOfThings  Interstellar  interview  intimidation  IPPR  IraqWar  ISDS  jobcentres  jobs  JohnsonBoris  juniorDoctors  justice  KCaCO  KensingtonAndChelsea  Kent  Keynesianism  KhanSadiq  killing  knowledge  KPMG  labour  LabourParty  Lambeth  land  landlords  LandRegistry  language  LansleyAndrew  leaks  Learndirect  Leave  LeftPlatform  legal  LegatumInstitute  Lexicon  liability  LiberalDemocratParty  liberalism  libertarianism  libraries  liquidity  LittlechildStephen  livingStandards  loanbook  loans  lobbying  localGovernment  LockheedMartin  London  London2012  londonmet  LondonMetropolitanUniversity  LotR  LRB  LSST  maintenance  MajorJohn  management  Manchester  Mandela  manifesto  manipulation  manufacturing  mapping  margin  marketing  marketisation  marketism  markets  MarquandDavid  MasonPaul  MaudeFrancis  MayTheresa  MazzucatoMariana  McDonnellJohn  McKinsey  MeadwayJames  media  medical  MeekJames  mentalHealth  MerkelAngela  middleClass  migration  MilburnAlan  MilibandEd  military  Mipim  misinformation  Mitie  Momentum  monetisation  monitoring  monopolies  MontPelerin  MontPelerinSociety  MOOCs  moralism  MorozovEvgeny  Morrisons  mortgages  MubengaJimmy  museums  mutualisation  mutuals  NASA  nationalIdentity  nationalisation  nationalism  NCAFC  NCH  NEC  NEF  neglect  negotiation  negotiations  neoliberalism  Netherlands  networks  NewLabour  Newsnight  Next  NGOs  NHS  NLR  noDeal  NolanChristopher  nonprofits  Northamptonshire  NorthamptonshireCountyCouncil  NorthernRock  nostalgia  notForProfits  Nov9  Novara  NSA  nuclearPower  NuttallPaul  O'ReillyTim  ObamaBarack  Observer  occupation  Occupy  occupyLondon  occupySussex  OfS  OliverJamie  olympics  Olympics2012  openAccess  opendata  openingCeremony  openness  openSource  OsborneGeorge  outsourcing  overcrowding  ownership  Paget-BrownNick  Palantir  PanitchLeo  participation  pay  PCS  Pearson  pensions  performance  personalBudgets  personalData  PFI  photographs  PicklesEric  PikettyThomas  Pinochet  planning  platforms  PLP  podcast  Podemos  police  policing  policy  PolicyExchange  politics  POPS  popularity  populism  postcodes  PostOffice  poverty  power  PPP  precarity  predictions  PrescottJohn  presentation  prices  prison  privacy  private  privateSector  privatisation  procurement  profit  profits  programming  Progress  propaganda  property  protest  provision  pseudo-publicSpace  pubkicSpace  public  publicGoods  publicSector  publicServices  publicSpace  publicSpending  publicTransport  publishing  punishment  purpose  QE  quality  quantitativeEasing  RaabDominic  race  racism  radio  RAE  rail  railways  Ramsgate  ranking  Reagan  recession  REF  referendum  reform  refugees  refurbishment  regeneration  Regenter  regulation  rehabilitation  relief  Remain  renting  rents  repayment  representation  reputation  research  retail  review  rightToBuy  risk  roads  RobinHood  RonanPoint  RoyalMail  RSA  safety  salaries  SalmondAlex  sanctions  savings  SchaeubleWolfgang  SchmidtEric  schools  science  SCLGroup  Scotland  scribd  secrecy  security  SelfWill  sentencing  Serco  services  SevernTrent  shares  sharing  short-termism  sickness  SiliconValley  singleMarket  smart  smartCities  SnowdenEdward  socialDemocracy  socialHousing  socialism  socialMedia  socialMovements  socialSecurity  socialWeb  solidarity  solutionism  SouthAfrica  SouthernRail  sovereignty  space  spaces  spaceTravel  Spain  speculation  speech  stagnation  standards  Starbucks  StarmerKeir  state  stateAid  STCs  SteerJohn  stigmatisation  stockMarket  StPancras  stress  strike  strikes  students  subsidies  suicide  Summerland  supermarkets  supply  surplus  surveillance  surveillanceCapitalism  Sussex  sustainability  switching  Syriza  talk  tax  taxation  taxAvoidance  taxis  TaxPayersAlliance  TAZ  TechLeft  technology  technoUtopianism  TechSolidarity  TEF  Telegraph  television  Tewkesbury  Thanet  Thatcher  Thatcherism  ThatcherMargaret  theatre  TheCommons  TheLeft  TheRight  ThielPeter  thinkTanks  thisisacoup  ThomasMark  Thomson-Reuters  tickets  ToryParty  TPP  tracking  trade  tradeUnion  tradeUnions  train  tram  Trans-PacificPartnership  transparency  transport  travel  Treasury  trends  troika  TrumpDonald  TsiprasAlexis  TTIP  tuitionFees  TWC  Twitter  Uber  UCU  uk  UKBA  UKIP  ukuncut  ULU  unbundling  unemployment  Unison  Unite  universities  UniversityOfLondon  UniversityOfSussex  urban  USA  usability  utilities  Utrecht  valuation  value  VAT  ventureCapital  video  VilliersTheresa  Vimeo  violence  Virgin  VirginCare  VirginTrains  visas  visualisation  volatility  wages  water  Waterloo  weakness  wealth  wearables  Web2.0  welfare  welfareState  WestminsterBridge  WhitePaper  wikipedia  wikipediaPage  WillettsDavid  Wolfhagen  WolfsonSimon  work  workfare  WorldWarII  xenophobia  Yale  YarlsWood  YoungToby  youth  YouTube  Zizek  ZuckerbergMark 

Copy this bookmark: