Gordon Brown says energy firms unable to offer lower bills should be temporarily re-nationalised | Gordon Brown | The Guardian


Former PM calls for energy price cap to be scrapped and new lower prices renegotiated by government

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Much is being discussed, but not together and while many appear to be offering solutions, they are not necessarily part of the decision process.

Yes, a reasonable pay increase needs to be instigated, not just for rail workers, but for most workers in the UK.

In many of the industries there is a severe lack of investment, which is nothing new in the UK and was certainly true when many of the industries in question were nationalised industries. At that time strikes were also taking place for many of the same reasons as of today.

Granted in nationalised industries there are no recognised shareholders, but, in effect the real shareholder of any nationalised industry is the Government, supposedly on behalf of the population of the UK. But in a nationalised industry is all the supposed money created above the costs of running the industry, including workers’ salaries ploughed back to the industry to create more necessary investments. I fear not as I believe much of that money is given to the Government to use at it sees fit.

Nationalisation is not the great panacea it is made to be, as technically the NHS is a national industry, so, if, it is why is there so much crisis, well for one, it is said lack of required investment, poor wages, now where have I heard that before, yes, the industries where there are now strikes or probability of strikes.

So lets look at rail in the UK. When they were started to be formed in 1825, each area of the UK had their own rail system and these were private companies. It was not until 1948 that they were nationalised and during the 50, and 60s I used the rail system extensively for holidays as my father worked for British Railways so our train travel throughout the UK and France was free, even the shipping from Dover and Folkestone to Calais and Boulogne. I found the UK trains were extremely dirty, hardly ever on time and the rolling stock on, especially the old midland line to London and other places and the food was a joke, especially the British Railways ‘sandwich’

. With privatisation in 1994-1997 came, much needed, investments, not only in train rolling stock, but also Rail Stations, rail track and signaling. Individual companies were formed to run the trains and other areas was formed. Rail Track for the rail infrastructure, the signaling and track and also some rail stations. But with a number of rail crashes including Hatfield, and the company going into administration, in 2002 it was renationalised to form Network Rail, but the are still problems even though it is a supposed nationalised industry.

So, in reality whether an industry is privately owned or nationalised there will be problems, it just seems that nationalised is better than private  due to lack of seen shareholders, but, in effect, it is how it is run and that is not dependent it being nationalised or private, but the people running it and other factors, mainly Government interference.

Source: Gordon Brown says energy firms unable to offer lower bills should be temporarily re-nationalised | Gordon Brown | The Guardian

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