Nearly two thirds of people back publicly owned rail

03 December 2014

A YouGov survey for the Times this week found that 59% of people support renationalising the railways with 56% of respondents in favour of taking back ownership of the utilities. Additionally nearly half of the 2067 people surveyed want the private sector to be less involved in the NHS.

ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said ‘these findings demonstrate clear public distrust of the profiteering big businesses which currently run our utility and rail sectors. It’s no accident that both utility bills and rail fares have grown much faster than wages in recent years, contributing significantly to the cost of living crisis many people face.’

Mick added ‘The findings of this survey show strong support for public ownership among supporters of all the main parties although it is not a policy endorsed by any of them. It’s time for all parties to reconsider their policies on the failed privatisations of the 1980s and 1990s. The answer is not better regulation. The public is telling us the answer is public ownership.’

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