Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

LABOUR WARNED THAT PFI IS NOT A CURE ALL

  • Comment
The ghost of the looney left haunts New Labour's attempts to reform local government, claims a Guardian editorial (...
The ghost of the looney left haunts New Labour's attempts to reform local government, claims a Guardian editorial (p17).

Party apparatchiks remember the bad name profligate authorities such as Liverpool and Lambeth gave Labour in the 1980s and are determined not to let it happen again.

'Hence its dialectic approach to local government reform: wanting to bestow more power but insisting on central government's right to intervene when things go wrong,' writes the newspaper.

But it warns that New Labour is wrong in its 'naive belief in the healing powers of the private sector'.

'Dogma was supposed to have been abolished with the removal of clause four from its constitution, but an irrational faith in the public sector seems to have been replaced by an illogical belief in the market,' it writes.

It recommends the use of local government commissioners rather than entrepreneurs to monitor the provision of public services.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.