Privatisation revisited

A debate has intensified in the UK over the past two years about the merits of allowing private companies to run essential utilities that seem like natural monopolies. The country that was the global frontrunner in privatisation is rethinking how to run its public services

Labour’s plan for renationalisation is popular but how costly — and effective — would it be?

Miranda Green tracks down the politicians who privatised Britain's railways, and speaks to key supporters of Jeremy Corbyn's plan for re-nationalisation

Private provision of public services cannot survive on dogma alone

The contracts that were meant to build schools and hospitals on a budget

Privatisation was meant to deliver competition, innovation and improved service, but has it delivered?

Once a leader in selling off utilities, many in UK now think investors have run rings around regulators

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