Public welfare and private interests

Emma Harrison and A4E is perhaps the most egregious example, but there is reason for wider concern over the private interests that are shaping welfare reforms at present.  The Observer today ( has detailed some of those companies taking work and contracts as part of the current reforms.  But there have been other stories that underline the private interests in public spending.  GSK, the UK’s largest pharmaceutical company, has complained that the government is delaying approval of its latest drugs as a way of saving money.  The undertone in their argument was that, if the government didn’t pay, GSK would have to go overseas.

Ironic, really.  The government is trying to save money by weeding out the scroungers, the workshy etc.  Yet so many of them seem to be party donors?


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