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Opinion: Should we be selling state assets to reduce debt and create jobs?

One of the unexpected by-products of the controversial privatisations of the 1980s was the discovery of shockingly poor real estate management by state bodies – a rare glimpse of a problem only brought to the surface when the need for proper balance sheets arose.

UK government departments and agencies have since been shown to exhibit appalling asset management, as any sweep through Public Accounts Committee (PAC) or National Audit Office (NAO) reports will demonstrate – stories of unused land & buildings, ‘forgotten’ landholdings, leases on punitive terms, opaque sale of land at below market prices. Government departments also own very large …

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  • User AvatarMichael BG 6th Aug - 7:42pm
    Lozenzo Cherin, As Laurence Cox pointed out our constitution does reserve one elected place of the directly elected members if that number is over 10...
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    @ David Evans..... Sorry, typo... add on a millenium. 2019.
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 6th Aug - 7:39pm
    @ David Evans "just one query on your final sentence – “It was even worse in 1951”. In 1951 Liberals won just 6 seats (12...
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    Whatever LibDems think of the relative merits of the alternative Borgs in Labour and Tories, the Tories have not shaken off any previous marginal tendencies...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 6th Aug - 6:43pm
    David Raw, totally agree with your point with just one query on your final sentence - "It was even worse in 1951". Was it definitely...