As members of the Unison union’s water, environment and transport section, we are pleased to see our union’s longstanding policy of renationalisation of water, rail and energy addressed in Labour’s election manifesto. Consumers and water workers have paid the price of the industry being organised for private profit, with a massive 40% increase above inflation since privatisation under Margaret Thatcher in 1989. The recent chaos on Southern Rail underlines how the relentless drive for profits and dividend payouts can threaten essential safety, as well as jobs and reliability of service on the railways. The sooner vital services such as these are taken back into public ownership and are run for public good and not for private gain, the better – as indeed is already the case for water services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
• Those who fought and struggled throughout the second world war were fighting for what they believed in: a Britain free from domination by other countries. What would they think of Britain now? A small island owned by foreign corporations and governments from Moscow to Mecca to Mumbai? A bargain basement floating off the shores of Europe, open to all offers from foreign investors and governments, with subsidies from UK taxpayers.
All our energy supplies, the railways, the postal service, the motor industry, and vast areas of London and elsewhere, are now mainly owned by foreign governments, and corporate shareholders throughout the world.
What is left, the partially nationalised NHS, social services, the prison and probation system, care for the sick and the old, the unemployed, the disabled, and, next in line, the national parks. If the Tories win power again, those that have not been privatised will be in the next five years.
That’s what five press billionaires, whose corporations don’t pay UK tax, want you to do. They want you to vote for Mrs May. They want you to trash the beliefs and dreams that our past generation fought so hard for. Vote Tory and wish away those dreams, and the future of many of our young people.