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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-great-civil-service-selloff-dozens-of-services-and-75000-staff-set-to-be-transferred-to-private-sector-8598188.html

Ministers are preparing to spin off “dozens” of state-owned services into independent companies in what could be one of the largest privatisation programmes since the 1980s.

Under plans being rolled out by the Cabinet Office, millions of pounds’ worth of state-owned services will be spun off into independent companies – jointly owned by private-sector investors and their employees – within the next two years. Eventually as many as one in six civil servants – or 75,000 staff – could be transferred into the private sector with the Government maintaining a minority stake and offering long-term contracts to the new companies to encourage investment.

Today the Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude will announce that the Government’s Behavioural Insights Team – known as the “nudge unit” – will become the most high-profile area of Government to be “mutualised”.

It will be turned into a profit-making joint venture with private companies being invited to bid for a stake of up to 50 per cent in the new business. Under the plan, the Government would guarantee contracts for a number of years – with the business free to sell its services outside Whitehall.

So basically they'll still be sucking on taxpayer cash but now they'll be "private" companies.....

Excellent spin.

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So basically they'll still be sucking on taxpayer cash but now they'll be "private" companies.....

Excellent spin.

Let me guess... the 'Long term contracts' will end up being used to service the debts run up by Private Equity companies which will end up providing a vastly inferior service, but will somehow have their friends in government ignore any contract breaches.

And, of course, private companies can pay their senior staff as much as they like. To keep the talent, see. Even if they are exactly the same senior staff who failed to jump ship before.

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Privitisation of public services work...

Privitisation of public services work...

....

As long as you are not a user of public services, or a taxpayer, it's a great plan.

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Let me guess... the 'Long term contracts' will end up being used to service the debts run up by Private Equity companies which will end up providing a vastly inferior service, but will somehow have their friends in government ignore any contract breaches.

And, of course, private companies can pay their senior staff as much as they like. To keep the talent, see. Even if they are exactly the same senior staff who failed to jump ship before.

You're just being cynical.

What can go wrong?

Look how efficiently the utilities and the railways work.

The railways only need five times the subsidy they needed before privatisation.

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this is how the Russians got their thousands of "oligarchs".

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What the hell is the "Behavioural Insights Team"?

or BIT

by BIT shares today.

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huh?..

anyone else know what the "behavioral insights team" is? ... and why have taxpayers paid for such a thing?

Its a team that's been setup to identify small changes that the government can perform to create a big change in people's behaviour. Using behavioral economics to create meaningful change with little cash up front. Its a good idea but giving a good idea to a government team with no incentives is probably going to end in failure.

I'm never sure what to make of the constant public/private debate. If you leave it public it stagnates and no one invests because government employees have zero incentives, if you make it private everyone borrows as much money as they can to pay each other ridiculous salaries and spend a bit on investment but not much. The implicit state guarantee remains either way. For a important utility there is no such thing as private as the government needs to keep the country moving - a bit like calling in the army when G4S failed to perform. The only thing you could do is prevent a company from ever getting another contract if they fail but they would probably price this into their bid or the senior management will just jump to another similar company and do the same thing. Relationships count in business - the best skilled person for the job rarely if ever gets it.

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So basically they'll still be sucking on taxpayer cash but now they'll be "private" companies.....

Excellent spin.

Your leaders do not work for you

They are manipulating the Nation for their own evil purposes

Privatising = Privateering

(zionist multi-billion oligarch gangsta-style whilst the rest of Russia freezes & starves!)

Noticed a few BILLS going up recently - slowly boil the thick, dumb UK froggies

David Cameron's Behavioural Insight Team - Dangerous Mind Manipulation - a la Common Purpose

On 3rd jan 2011 the Independent newspaper reported on the Tory Cabinet Office Behavioural Insight Team. This secretive little group has been set up to devise psychological initiatives to manipulate people\'s behaviour - also known as reframing. Interesting that this little vipers nest should be uncovered after The UKColumn recently exposed that Francis Maude MP and Julia Middleton CEO Common Purpose had been scheming to set up behaviour change in the Top 200 civil servants using the Common Purpose 'model'. Behavioural Change is commonly linked to NLP or neuro linguistic programming.

What they don't tell you is that all NLP carries a risk of mental illness from implanted suggestions that 'fail to take properly' or which conflict with existing beliefs and norms. The risk may be circa 3% of people who undergo NLP training of some form. Sounds small but when 10,000 people are receiving NLP or 100,000 school children we can expect to see numerous instances of mental illness or other mental disturbances - recent rise in UK Teenager/young Adult suicides? - such as the cluster of 39 at Bridgend in Wales.

Of course where children and adults are given NLP without their consent (it is hidden or buried in so called leadership training or self development or motivational courses) these individuals are, in reality, being assaulted. As such they have the right to claim compensation for such assault and ill effects arising as a result.

Are you happy to be 'reframed' by unknown people for unknown political objectives? Do we not have the right to control our own behaviour? These are dangerous psycho political experiments on the general public and children ...surely they need to be stopped? (Monarch-MK ULTRA)

Read on for an excerpt of the Independent article. "Shame, vanity, laziness and the desire to fit in are all to be used as tools of Government policy by ministers acting on the advice of a new psychology unit in Whitehall.

The first glimpse into the confidential work of the Cabinet Office's Behavioural Insight Team came on Tuesday when ministers suggested members of the public should be able to make small charitable donations when using cashpoints and their credit cards.

On Friday, the Cabinet Office again followed the unit's advice in proposing that learner drivers be opted in to an organ donation scheme when they apply for a licence, and also floated the idea of creating a lottery to encourage people to take tests to prove they have quit smoking.

These initiatives are examples of the application of mental techniques which, while seemingly paradoxical to the Coalition\'s goal of a smaller state, are likely to become a common feature of Government policy.

The public will have "social norms" heavily emphasised to them in an attempt to increase healthy eating, voluntary work and tax gathering. Appeals will be made to "egotism" in a bid to foster individual support for the Big Society, while much greater use will be made of default options to select benevolent outcomes for passive citizens â€" exemplified by the organ donation scheme.

A clue to the new approach came early in the life of the Coalition Government, in a sentence from its May agreement:

"Our Government will be a much smarter one, shunning the bureaucratic levers of the past and finding intelligent ways to encourage, support and enable people to make better choices for themselves," it read.

http://www.cpexposed.com/latest-news/david-camerons-behavioural-insight-team-dangerous-mind-manipulation-la-common-purpose

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Its a team that's been setup to identify small changes that the government can perform to create a big change in people's behaviour. Using behavioral economics to create meaningful change with little cash up front. Its a good idea but giving a good idea to a government team with no incentives is probably going to end in failure.

I'm never sure what to make of the constant public/private debate. If you leave it public it stagnates and no one invests because government employees have zero incentives, if you make it private everyone borrows as much money as they can to pay each other ridiculous salaries and spend a bit on investment but not much. The implicit state guarantee remains either way. For a important utility there is no such thing as private as the government needs to keep the country moving - a bit like calling in the army when G4S failed to perform. The only thing you could do is prevent a company from ever getting another contract if they fail but they would probably price this into their bid or the senior management will just jump to another similar company and do the same thing. Relationships count in business - the best skilled person for the job rarely if ever gets it.

Oh I see. That doesn't sound quite so sinister after all.

Yes, you're quite right, behavioral economics informing government seems a good idea, it should be, but it's dubious if politicians can ever be effective or honest. They didn't (want to) spot the 'crazy borrowing' 'housing bubble' example of behavioral economics.

Thanks for your post. I genuinely appreciate your help. smile.gif

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So basically they'll still be sucking on taxpayer cash but now they'll be "private" companies.....

Excellent spin.

=worse service

=less pay for staff

=huge pay for directors and owners who have a no risk contract

= statistics on number of civil servants massaged

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