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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Beware the UK’s 'community rights': the latest mutation of privatisation

Cutting through the coalition government’s rhetoric of localism and ‘community rights’, Dexter Whitfield exposes a strategy to further destabilise and fracture public provision, accelerating marketisation and privatisation. http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/dexter-whitfield/beware-uk%E2%80%99s-community-rights-latest-mutation-of-privatisation
‘Community rights’ amount to the latest corrosive mutation of privatisation. The rhetoric of ‘rights’ and ‘localism’ is only cover for the accelerated transfer of power from the state to capital, from employees to employers and from service users to commercial contractors. We must rigorously scrutinise how these rights are implemented as part of industrial, civil and community action, intervene in the transformation and procurement processes, and challenge the vested interests of business and their political allies'.