Posts Tagged ‘backdoor privatisation’

@PhysicsToday @AnonyOps @creativecommons @OpenRightsGroup a privatised Internet

July 14, 2014

This morning’s breakfast TV had a piece about small businesses complaining that British broadband was too slow and losing them business.
At first, I was just mildly surprised, wondering why they had such problems, when I,  a mere domestic user, had no such problems.Call me an old cynic but that immediately set off alarm bells.
Across the Atlantic, there is political battle taking place, with some Network provider’s trying to get legislation through to implement a two-tier broadband. I.e. a high speed, expensive service for business and an excruciatingly slow free (maybe) service, for Plebs.
As we are about to be embroiled in TTIP, it occurs to me that this non-News item put out, when most people are pre-occupied with the first working day of the week, might simply be the whispered start of a similar campaign, this side of The Pond.
If I’m right, the next salvo will be a page 5 snippet, in the National’s, about some quasi-authoritative organisation declaring that business user’s have investigated options and believe it is necessary to “consider” the two tier version being favoured in other countries.

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#NHS. Lord Howe dumps Dentistry scam responsibility on Local NHS

May 29, 2012

My only comment, on this dentistry scam, is one of scorn for Lord Howe. (see context, below)

He’s a man, who obviously doesn’t give a xxxx for the plebs, who are being scammed.

He obviously doesn’t give a xxxx for the fact that his Ministry does not exercise any control over the Dentistry profession.

He is probably only too happy to see further backdoor privatisation of NHS services and reduced pressure on his Department’s budget.

——The report found that dentists pressure patients to pay privately. For example a root canal on the NHS costs £48, privately it can cost £478.

——-Health Minister Lord Howe said: “Denying patients care on the basis of misinformation is a very serious matter. Any dentist who does, this risks breaching their contract and we would expect the local NHS to take action”

Why dump it on the local NHS? He’s the man in charge.