Postal Services Bill

Part of Planning (Developer Bonds) – in the House of Commons at 5:31 pm on 27th October 2010.

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Photo of David Anderson David Anderson Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons) 5:31 pm, 27th October 2010

What we have seen today is the Liberal Democrats covering for the long-term view of the Conservative party, which has always wanted to privatise Royal Mail. As far back as 1992 Michael Heseltine was clear about wanting to do that, but the public and Parliament would not let him. He came back in 1994 with plans similar to those put forward by the Labour Government last time round, but the plans failed then, as they did last year. Thankfully, the people of the country did not want that.

We have heard more and more today about the rigours of privatisation. What that means is taking away the service, screwing the workers into the ground, giving public money to private companies and taking money out of the country. That is what happened with the gas, electricity and water services.