Personally I quite like the Dummy’s Guides, I find them quite useful and am not offended by the title at all.
So, here goes, the Dummy’s Guide to Privatisation. I am indebted to Stella for giving me the inspiration.
“The primary object of an efficient police is the prevention of crime: the next that of detection and punishment of offenders if crime is committed. To these ends all the efforts of police must be directed. The protection of life and property, the preservation of public tranquillity, and the absence of crime, will alone prove whether those efforts have been successful and whether the objects for which the police were appointed have been attained.” Sir Richard Mayne, 1829
The Primary Object of a Private Company is to make a profit, simple as that.
How can they make a profit out of Policing?
- Employ less staff
- Pay their existing staff less
- Buy less/cheaper/shoddy products.
So next time you hear a government, of any hue, encouraging Privatisation of the Police, or any other element of the Public Sector, it’s all about PROFIT, and that’s pretty much all you need to know.