The cost of taking the bus has doubled since 1987, exposing the lies behind the privatisation and deregulation agenda – if we want decent bus services, it’s time to take them back into public hands.
This week, the Scottish government announced a plan to bring ScotRail back under public ownership. But it’s not only in Scotland that privatisation is failing – it’s time to take all of our rail networks back into public hands.
From digital access for schoolchildren to liveable sick pay, a minimum wage floor for furlough and a rent freeze, millions of people need support to survive the new lockdown – and they can’t wait for more delays.
FDR’s New Deal amounted to 40% of GDP in the 1930s, Rishi Sunak’s adds up to 0.2% of UK GDP today. His government’s much-lauded economic ‘radicalism’ is little more than a propaganda exercise.
The coronavirus recession will change the world, and we can’t afford to repeat the mistakes of 2008 – it’s time for a new economy that expands public wealth, empowers workers and is sustainable by design.