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The lack of transparency and accountability associated with large private companies is problematic when it applies to essential products and services, as we have seen with the energy companies and banks. But when it begins to affect the lives of adults and children to whom the state owes a duty of care, but whose lives are now a source of profit for a private provider, it is truly alarming.
Sections of the UK civil service are to be privatised. Unions have raised concerns about the impact on staff pay and conditions. Such a move also raises serious questions about accountability to the public and democracy.
“A buccaneering, deal making, hungry spirit”. These are the qualities which our Prime Minister advocated in his speech to the CBI recently (19 November 2012).
Private contractor G4S has advertised for staff to take over certain policing functions, sparking controversy.