6 December 2019
Scottish Water was never privatised, it’s publicly owned and is the most trusted utility in the UK, delivering cleaner rivers, lower bills and more investment per head.
Mail, rail, buses and water are all publicly owned in the republic of Ireland.
The railway in Switzerland is publicly owned - and it’s been named the best train company in Europe.
Denmark has the highest proportion of wind power in the world. Its transmission grid (like our National Grid) is fully publicly owned and most wind farms are cooperatively or community owned.
5. The Netherlands
In the Netherlands, water, electricity and gas networks are all publicly owned - and it's ILLEGAL to privatise any of them!
Slovakia’s publicly owned railway provides free rail transport for children, students and pensioners.
The city of Munich in Germany is developing 100% municipal and 100% renewable energy by 2025 - they got tired of waiting for the private providers so they’re doing it directly.
In Germany too, 88% of all trips on local public transport (bus, tram and local trains) are provided by publicly-owned operators.
The Greek government is installing free wifi in 3000 public spaces including public squares, pedestrian zones, playgrounds, municipal libraries and museums.
The post office in France (La Poste) is publicly owned. Its services include banking, insurance, driving tests, fresh food delivery and home visits for older people.
10... and France again!
Water is also publicly owned in hundreds of French cities! One of these is Paris, where L’Eau de Paris (the publicly owned company) has cut bills and introduced still and sparkling water fountains throughout the city #socialismwithasparkle
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