Regular readers will be only too well aware that I've been writing about this TR omnishambles for what seems ages and although understandable because it is about our very future as a profession, it can get tiresome. Sometimes it's useful to try and put what we're going through in some kind of wider context.
I've been pondering this for some time and handily I see an article comes along that very neatly does the work for me. Writing in the Guardian yesterday, Seumas Milne has written a piece entitled 'The grip of privatisation on our vital services has to be broken'. It addresses pretty much all the stuff that's been going on recently from the electricity oligopoly to the raid on the Co-operative Bank. From privatising the Royal Mail, to re-privatising the East Coast rail line.
Often billed as 'the only way' of doing things, it's fascinating to read that in the rest of Europe things are changing and the Germans are in the process of taking electricity back into state control:-
Any doubts about who really controls Britain should have now been dispelled. Any thought that the financial crisis might have broken the neoliberal spell, rebalanced the economy or chastened the deregulators and privatisers can be safely dismissed. October has been the month when the monopolies, City hedge funds and foreign-owned cartels put the record straight. It's they who are calling the shots.