This post also appears on the Haringey Green Party website.
It’s not often that you get a web link by pure chance that actually has useful and really interesting information. But just recently, someone sent me link to the website of ‘We Own It’ who campaign for public services for people and not for profit.
They have an analysis of the positions of several political parties in relation to privatisation of public services and this makes fascinating reading.
Essentially they ask: what do the different political parties say in response to a number of key issues or questions:
- Should private companies running public services be subject to the Freedom on Information Act?
- Should the contracts relating to outsourcing and relevant data be available to the public?
- Should there be a right to recall private companies that do not provide an adequate service?
- Should there be public consultation in relation to the privatisation of services?
- Should public ownership be the default option for public services?
- Should there be a requirement to have an in-house bid as part of the bidding process?
- Should cooperatives, social enterprises and charities be encouraged to bid for public services if there is an outsourcing process?
- Do they support the Public Services Users Bill which has been put before the House of Commons?
- Should the NHS be in public ownership?
- Should the railways be in public ownership?
- Should water be in public ownership?
- Should Energy be in public ownership?
- Should the Royal Mail be in public ownership?
- Do they support or oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership?
All very good questions; So they have compared the position of the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Green Party and UKIP on all these questions and turn this into an interactive info graphic.
It’s fun to interact with. You can click on a party and see the overall spread of views across all the questions as a coloured blob. Here’s an example:
You can also click on one of the questions and see how all the parties (and public opinion generally) see this. Another example:
But it’s way beyond having some fun playing with this tool; it’s actually a very powerful tool to tell you what the parties really think about these issues and where they stand. All you then have to do is to ask yourself: which of them agrees with my views the most? And then the questions of where to put you cross on May 7th 2015 is made a little easier.
So thanks to ‘We Own it’ for doing this analysis for all of us; and have a look at who is supporting the common good.