Labour plans high-speed connection to voter hearts with BT nationalisation – Reuters


LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party plans to nationalise BT’s broadband network to provide free internet for all if it wins power, making a radical election pledge to roll back 35 years of private ownership that caught both the company and its shareholders by surprise.

 

Source: Labour plans high-speed connection to voter hearts with BT nationalisation – Reuters

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  1. A service which is free to the persons using it, now where have I heard that before?

    Could it be in 1948 with the creation of the NHS, where its boast was ‘free at the point of delivery’, but how long did that boast last?

    Answer, well, just a few years. The power to make a charge was introduced in the NHS Amendment Act 1949, and proposals for charges were a factor in the resignation of Aneurin Bevan from the Labour Government in 1951. Charges were introduced in 1952, by the Conservative government, at a rate of one shilling per prescription.
    Prescription charges – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Prescription charges

    Also why do we feel nationalised industries are better than private. Let’s look at the UK rail system which was fully nationalised in 1948 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_nationalization.

    I was born in 1949 and my father worked for British Railways and then British Rail on the Midland line,

    My view of a nationalised industry has been formed by my life experiences then, as all our travel was by rail. I found, a service which is free to the persons using it, now where have I heard that before?

    Could it be in 1948 with the creation of the NHS, where its boast was ‘free at the point of delivery’, but how long did that boast last?

    Answer, well, just a few years. The power to make a charge was introduced in the NHS Amendment Act 1949, and proposals for charges were a factor in the resignation of Aneurin Bevan from the Labour Government in 1951. Charges were introduced in 1952, by the Conservative government, at a rate of one shilling per prescription.
    Prescription charges – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Prescription charges

    Also why do we feel nationalised industries are better than private. Let’s look at the UK rail system which was fully nationalised in 1948 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_nationalization.

    I was born in 1949 and my father worked for British Railways and then British Rail on the Midland line,

    My view of a nationalised industry has been formed by my life experiences then as all our travel was by rail. I found, until 1967 when travel with my parents was no loner, of a service that had very old rolling stock, virtually no investment, rarely experiencing trains on time and Sheffield train station lacking in refurbishment. On using the service again after privatisation, I found the East Midland service much improved, new rolling stock and clean, trains more on time and Sheffield Station modernised, even a passenger lift to platforms, before any person with mobility difficulties had to use the Goods lift.

    On privatisation of the telephone industry, I found a good choice of handsets, which I could own, not being forced to rent and many other advantages.

    I have also found no problems with my now utility provider for gas and electricity and generally no problems with water.

    My own feelings re nationalised industries is that they are completely reliant on the Government of the day and are a pawn in their hands. Many of the nationalised industries suffered with regards to a lack of investment, especially the railways. The UK were the pioneers of railway, but due to lack of foresight and real investment many other countries left the UK behind.

    Who is to say with renationalising industries this may happen again? Yes, not initially when all eyes are on the Government of the day, but what about successive Governments when investment could be channelled into other areas.

    I now come to Broadband, yes, an area which many view as requiring more investment, especially for wider and fast fibre access.

    But are not other areas and maybe even more important areas in need of investment.

    Yes, I am looking at Social Care, which I have seen for the last 40 odd years being short of funding, yes, way before austerity, which is but the latest excuse, but a valid excuse.

    Persons requiring a need of Social Care are our most vulnerable and the existing state of social care is nowhere near what is required, both on quantity and especially on quality. I am not asking for more care being provided by local authorities, but more funding for local authorities to give people access to the care that they require and from whom, yes, personal choice.

    Quality should be overseen by the CQC, Care Quality Commission, but, from my experience, they purely look at the bureaucratic process, whereby if the records say good quality care is being provided then good quality care is being provided. But anything can be recorded and in many instances, it is not what is being provided. For if it was then Winterborne View (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-20078999), and others would not have occurred.

    So Social Care is not only in need of a substantial increase in its funding, but also in the quality being provided.

    In my Petition ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care I also mention recruitment and staff retention and others.

    Please see https://www.dropbox.com/s/w0f2skyxy37udqb/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care.docx?dl=0

    If the crisis in Social Care is not solved, then this will only add to the crisis in health and cause untold distress and deaths for the most vulnerable in our UK Society and also their families.

    This is much more important than ‘Broadband’. Until 1967 when travel with my parents was no loner, of a service that had very old rolling stock, virtually no investment, rarely experiencing trains on time and Sheffield train station lacking in refurbishment. On using the service again after privatisation I found the East Midland service much improved, new rolling stock and clean, trains more on time and Sheffield Station modernised, even a passenger lift to platforms, before any person with mobility difficulties had to use the Goods lift.

    On privatisation of the telephone industry, I found a good choice of handsets, which I could own, not being forced to rent and many other advantages.

    I have also found no problems with my now utility provider for gas and electricity and generally no problems with water.

    My own feelings re nationalised industries is that they are completely reliant on the Government of the day and are a pawn in their hands. Many of the nationalised industries suffered with regards to a lack of investment, especially the railways. The UK were the pioneers of railway, but due to lack of foresight and real investment many other countries left the UK behind.

    Who is to say with renationalising industries this may happen again? Yes, not initially when all eyes are on the Government of the day, but what about successive Governments when investment could be channelled into other areas.

    I now come to Broadband, yes, an area which many view as requiring more investment, especially for wider and fast fibre access.

    But are not other areas and maybe even more important areas in need of investment.

    Yes, I am looking at Social Care, which I have seen for the last 40 odd years being short of funding, yes, way before austerity, which is but the latest excuse, but a valid excuse.

    Persons requiring a need of Social Care are our most vulnerable and the existing state of social care is nowhere near what is required, both on quantity and especially on quality. I am not asking for more care being provided by local authorities, but more funding for local authorities to give people access to the care that they require and from whom, yes, personal choice.

    Quality should be overseen by the CQC, Care Quality Commission, but, from my experience, they purely look at the bureaucratic process, whereby if the records say good quality care is being provided then good quality care is being provided. But anything can be recorded and in many instances, it is not what is being provided. For if it was then Winterborne View (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-20078999), and others would not have occurred.

    So Social Care is not only in need of a substantial increase in its funding, but also in the quality being provided.

    In my Petition ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care I also mention recruitment and staff retention and others.

    Please see https://www.dropbox.com/s/w0f2skyxy37udqb/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care.docx?dl=0

    If the crisis in Social Care is not solved, then this will only add to the crisis in health and cause untold distress and deaths for the most vulnerable in our UK Society and also their families.

    This is much more important than ‘Broadband’.

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