The government has embarked upon a programme of unprecedented cuts to public services. The government has said all public services “should be open to a range of providers”, and this includes schools, prisons, welfare and the NHS.
Yet the term “privatisation” is barely mentioned; instead it has used euphemisms such as “open public services” and “mutual joint ventures”. By using words like open and mutual it is aiming to disguise its policies with a veneer of respectability.
Mutuality implies some common interest and suggests consent. In reality privatisation is being imposed on an unwilling workforce.
This pamphlet sets out the importance of publicly accountable public services delivered by public servants and the difference between real mutualism and the government’s privatisation agenda.