By all accounts electioneering is now in full swing even though we've got to wait until May 2015 for the novelty of a fixed date for the General Election. We know this for certain because politicians like Iain Duncan Smith has accused the BBC of political bias. Silly ideas are being tried out on us for reaction, such as the 'illegal immigrant's go home' poster vans, and my MP suddenly e-mails wanting to know if I want to keep receiving updates on his activities?
We need to brace ourselves because we've got more than 18 months of this shenanigans, but as far as I can recall, the Electorate have never been asked specifically to voice an opinion about privatising public services. In the old days of class-based tribal politics, one could have assumed that the Tories would be in favour, Labour would be dead against and it wasn't really worth bothering what the Liberal Democrats thought because they had no hope of being in power.
But that's all history as we have come to realise that Tony Blair was Thatchers true disciple and whatever Labour might say in opposition now, they embraced privatisation with gusto when last in power. Although it surprised us all when the Lib Dems jumped into bed with the Tories, low and behold they too turned out to be just as keen on privatisation. Not a cig paper can be put between them on the issue of privatising public services, which means that the Electorate is effectively disenfranchised on the topic.
My suspicion is that a majority of the public feel pretty unhappy about this privatisation by stealth and here's an opinion poll commissioned by We Own It and reported on the Left Foot Forward website that seems to bear out the view by a staggering majority of 80%:-