How did the argument go..........?
"We must privatise the water utilities because they need to fund future investment in infra-structure - the plant is ageing and defunct".
And, "the government cannot afford to upkeep the system". Or words to that effect.
You hear the same arguments with the provisional privatisation of the Royal Mail -
"privatise to give them the 'freedom' to borrow on the markets to make investments for the future security of the business".
Thus, will the RM be privatised, a financial killing will be made by some shareholders [mainly management insiders of course] - billions of pounds of valuble properties will be sold off and the RM will slowly die the death because you can't run a [universal] service as a business.
'Can't run a service as a business' - tell that to the Railway companies who soak up public subsidy and charge what they like and make billions for their shareholders and whilst the 'service' goes to pot.
Then there is the 'energy market', where the government which is full of global warming alarmists egged on by their masters in Berlaymont are rigging a 'privatised industry' to make them build bird choppers to provide us with power cuts and big bills into the 'bargain'. Fekkin madness.
So in the end, no matter if it is water, gas or mail - the public/customer enjoys the very worst of both worlds - neither private nor 'public' but still riddled with corrupt practice, sharp practice and bad service.BUT someone is making lots of money - nice one.
And on water matters............
Meanwhile we have a massive useless quango called the environmental agency 'looking after' the waterways, river beds, canals etc under orders from Brussels central. They can't dredge the river beds anymore [environmental catastrophe for water river bedbugs
- flora fauna and fish], so the silt builds up and when it does rain - we gets flooding which now is the norm [and climate change is blamed].
Bloody wonderful, if you like water in your front room.
If you have an hour or three, see where the money goes
[on paying EA cuties] and fobbing off interested parties.