24 November 2017
1) Severn Trent – helping our housing crisis?!
- If Severn Trent is really just trying to help with the housing crisis, it could give away land instead of selling it.
- If Severn Trent wants to reduce bills, it could use its hefty profits to do so.
- Severn Trent, like all private water companies, doesn’t have a strong track record of caring about the public.
- Maybe Severn Trent is trying to make money quickly before it’s brought into public ownership?
- What is this surplus land? Perhaps it might be useful to the public? Please return it to us instead of selling it off to private developers. Quite possibly it used to belong to us in the first place. We could build council homes if the land really is surplus.
2) Thames Water and Yorkshire Water – tax dodging no more
“There is a real challenge to the water industry’s legitimacy at the moment,” said Liz Barber, Yorkshire Water’s group director of finance, regulation and markets.
3) South West Water – is NOT using magic to find leaks
“If any company justifies an end to privatisation it is South West Water. Could Devon and Cornwall show the rest of the country the way?” Corporate Watch
Which of these three is YOUR favourite story? Do any of them make you think twice about the need to bring water into public ownership?
The directors and PR departments of these water companies are only doing their jobs. But maybe they could start thinking about what their companies would look like if they were publicly owned and accountable. They could focus on providing a great service, with no need to defend the indefensible.
Investec analysts (in the Telegraph): “With the Labour Party gaining momentum, the threat of nationalisation is no longer academic...While it is tempting to write off renationalisation as the brainchild of Jeremy Corbyn, there is mounting evidence that the proposal is popular amongst the voting public, specifically regarding the water sector."