British Petroleum October 1979
British Aerospace February 1981
Cable & Wireless October 1981
Amersham International February 1982
National Freight Corporation February 1982
Britoil November 1982
Associated British Ports February 1983
Enterprise Oil July 1984
Jaguar August 1984
British Telecommunications December 1984
British Shipbuilders 1985 onwards
British Gas December 1986
British Airways February 1987
Rolls-Royce May 1987
BAA July 1987
British Steel December 1988
Water December 1989
The British Transport Docks Board was sold as Associated British Ports, which was gobbled up by the bankers of Goldman Sachs, literally transferring part of the infrastructure of the country into the hands of banking thieves.
British Gas was sold with the propaganda that prices would fall and people would have more choice and better services. Prices have rocketed and the competition which was promised proved illusory as the same gas comes through the same pipes with different middle men taking their cut from the money extorted from the people.
Electricity was sold off cheaply, with foreign companies taking charge of the vital resources of the country. The building of dangerous and inefficient nuclear power stations which have been proved to cause cancer among the people forced to live close to them - Working Class people who cannot afford to move away from them - has been a part of the reason for the sacrifice of British Steel, as the corrupt Cameron government has helped to break our steel industry in return for Chinese investment in nuclear power. (China dumps cheap steel worldwide and protectionist measures which could have saved British Steel have been vetoed in the EU by the UK government). Like Gas, the cost of Electricity has sky rocketed, creating financial misery for the poorest of our people.
British Telecom was sold as the first part of the de-socialisation of the Post Office. The cost of telephone calls is now so outrageous that house phones are seldom used. Public phone boxes which were available to use for 5 pence calls, now the minimum charge is 60 pence, and phone boxes are disappearing across the country. BT is also a rip off when it comes to Broadband. BT makes a fortune from screwing the people who used to own it.
The sale of Water was perhaps the most immoral of all the asset stripping gifts to the capitalist chums of the Ruling Class. Water is not something which should be viewed as a money-making industry, but a matter of sanitation, of health, of life itself. The introduction of Water Meters is forcing poorer people to bathe less frequently, flush their toilets less frequently and wash clothes or use water for household cleaning less frequently. This is causing increases in disease, and the knock on effect of putting further strain on the NHS. The water companies in England are almost exclusively owned by foreign bankers and finance capitalists. The quality of water had declined, the number of people employed has declined, the time taken to fix leaks has increased beyond what most of us dared to fear. The profits from water are obscene. Access to clean water is a human right. SWPE would socialise water as a priority and supply it for free.
The UK car industry, like the ship building industry, has collapsed since privatisation. The sale of British Leyland, Rover, Jaguar and Rolls Royce, left areas like Longbridge as wastelands where once thousands of Working Class people had jobs. The toff end of the car market has gone to overseas capitalists. The UK used to make cars for everyone. The industry was stripped and destroyed, creating mass unemployment and misery for ordinary people, at the same time of redistributing wealth into the hands of the Ruling Class in many countries.
The story is the same for every sector which we once owned. Prices have gone up, quality has gone down, workers have been thrown on the scrapheap, overseas capitalists and UK collaborators have gained immense wealth as we ordinary people have been robbed blind.