Following his question to the Deputy Prime Minister on Royal Mail privatisation, Ian Murray, Shadow Minister for Postal Affairs and MP for Edinburgh South, said:
“The Deputy Prime Minister’s response confirmed what the public knew all along – he’s worse than Thatcher, who, even as the most zealous of privatisation proponents, could not bring herself to ‘privatise the Queen’s head’. This follows concerns expressed by the oldest Tory think-tank in the UK, the Bow Group, who this week said that privatisation will be ‘deeply unpopular with the British public, prices will rise at a time we can least afford it, [and] an amenity that many communities consider crucial will be removed.’ Ministers should sit up and take heed from their think-tank colleagues.
“The Government’s plans are ill-thought through and are a blatant attempt to spare the blushes of the Chancellor and Prime Minister and their failing economic plan that will borrow £245bn more than anticipated.
“Privatisation should be halted, not because it might cost rural Tory MPs their seats, but for the sake of consumers and small businesses in Scotland and across the rest of UK who rely on the postal service and who are at risk of paying the price for this ideologically-driven and rushed fire sale.”
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