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The bank was sole controller of the bridge. By the way, Austin Westminsters were powerful six statd cars for the senior, but not boardroom level managers of the upper-middle echelons of British road hoggery in the ‘s and 60’s. On every occasion they emerge with a prescription for corporate rule.

What happened to the promise? The company would build the structure at its own expense, then recoup the money by charging a toll.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This book only takes us up to around the year or so. A Recurrent Vision’ Review. Return to Book Page.

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The bank that likes to say gimme”. Far from Westminster and national newspapers, out of sight, out of mind, Skye was the ideal location for launching a corrupt, unpopular initiative, in which private companies were granted monopolistic control over public works. The other companies were employed merely to collect the tolls on its behalf and transfer the money to America.

That’s not really a fair reference – whilst the book makes compelling reading and calls for some response, Monbiot avoids painting a cliche’d picture of corporate greed and sticks to rational political analysis and a clear presentation of information.

On July 4the Crofter’s Kitchen cafe, on the Skye side of the bridge, was in uproar; people crammed into it, singing, laughing and shouting. If you ever wanted to know why the British government so rarely steers the country in the direction wished for by the general populace, this book contains a number of case studies that detail the corporate takeover that began under the Tories around the time of Thatcher and accelerated under Blair.

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David Kcol rated it really liked it Feb 24, Jun 30, Aj rated it it was amazing. It started with a petition, circulated by the West Highland Free Press. Essential reading and just the precursor to even more essential reading. One of the great myths of contemporary politics is that the private sector is georhe efficient than the public, and that we can solve many of our current social ills by having the private sector do what the public sector is alleged to have failed at to do: Both were, unsurprisingly, rejected by the Scottish Office, which says that the bridge is owned by a consortium of three firms: Some collected dozens of charges: One thousand shares had been issued.


Clive Millard rated it liked it Nov 07, Adrian Moore rated it liked it Oct 20, He had discovered that Hamilton Park, the land on which the toll booth and the approach road were built, had been established with a deed that only a compulsory purchase order could repeal.

Robbie was arraigned on A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower’. The national beacon, lit by the Queen to kindle a chain captivd flame from London to Aberdeen, was a gigantic crucible on which British Gas was scored in words 11 metres long beneath a crown of 18 BG logos. Now Angrier Than Ever!

I cannot think of a book that has made me more angry or more worried about our future than this one. It gives detailed examples of how PFI agreements are made, how planning permission can be bought with legal bribery, how genetic engineering companies have been able to lower sales standards and patent genes read if you want to understand what it means to patent a geneand how global trade agreements such as NAFTA have given corporations huge unaccountable power such statte the ability to privately sue governments for merely attempting to improve standards of products sold in geirge countries they govern.

Also in this issue Welcome to Hell News. Somehow the assumptions of the harness-the-private-sector approach to public service development seem flawed — George Monbiot shows us just how flawed geroge cases of hospitals that cost more for fewer beds and are less accessible, and the mass transfer of public assets ours to private hands theirs.

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Did I say “essential” earlier? The people of Skye would get their bridge, but it would be financed by a private company. The great social democratic institutions which have defended the weak against the strong – equality before the law, representative government, democratic accountability and the sovereignty of parliament – will be toppled.

The more people become aware, the more people might become agitated enough to start doing something on a bigger scale. Preview — Captive State by George Monbiot. InBrian Wilson MP, who was to become the minister for industry in the Scottish Office and, later, a minister at the department for trade and industry, described the bridge as “a shocking story of ideologues using a remote place for an experiment that they could not have got away with anywhere else”.


The toll regime, Robbie believed, breached Article 18 of the Act of Union, which forbids the Crown to levy a tax in Scotland in circumstances not encountered in England.

No trivia or quizzes yet. At the Labour party conference, Tony Blair told delegates he would “set staate people free” by creating “a model 21st-century nation, based Capptive sit on the fence! This might have been uncontroversial had the toll the private companies levied not been the highest, per metre of road, in the world.

How the Superstores Conquered Britain” – that makes for excruciating reading, for what one may have supposed was a banal matter, that is, shopping, is here seen as a matter of vast corporations destroying the livelihoods, and often the lives, of shopkeepers, not to mention making life inconvenient and socially impoverished for those who used to use them. There are many of us who have known what is going on in Britain for a long time, but there are many more who choose to stick their heads in the sand or marginalise those in the know as crackpot conspiracy theorists.

Somehow the assumptions of the harness-the-private-sector approach to public service development seem flawed — One of the great myths of contemporary politics is that the private sector is stats efficient than the public, and that we can solve many of our current social ills by having the private sector do what the public sector is alleged to have failed at to do: Kathleen O’Shea, ‘Women on the row: While this showed exemplary and disarming dedication, I wish I had read this book before we spoke.

What has happened, not just in Britain, these past few decades is nothing short of a scandal. Rather than be defeated by this, it had devised a new and remarkable solution. Many layers are here peeled away from the rotting vegetable called the Westminster.