Garry , You need to look at the big picture you can have few instance of bad quality of service or good ones but the bigger picture should be more good than bad.
I agree the big picture is important, but that is largely ignored when privatisation is suggested... the reasons for doing so are never the real reasons why the changes are made.
Normally bad service from a government department is easier to fix via someone going through and changing procedures and perhaps replacing a few incompetent idiots who got their jobs for all the wrong reasons than to sell it all off to the highest bidder and just hope for the best.
The 1990s in Russia was all about asset stripping and a few people became millionaires and billionaires... and the money wasn't earned... it was basically stolen from the people who worked to earn it.
The claim here was that splitting up and selling the power industry would result in better efficiency and cheaper energy and it simply has not happened. Power is more expensive than it has ever been, and we are burning coal... which we should not be doing because we don't need to.
For the same reason in the late 1980s there was a big push to put people with mental and social problems out of institutions where they were cared for and into the community. The left wing people were told the community support would be much healthier for these people than hiding them away in asylums and institutions where they are abused and neglected. The right wing people supported it because it would save a shit load of money. All of a sudden people who had the mental ages of children were thrown out into a community that didn't understand them... they were thrown to the dogs.
It was disgusting.
What is even worse is that funding is there for expensive soft Australian wood panels for steps in brand new prisons... $700 per step, so that they don't make much noise while people are walking on them at night so it doesn't disturb the prisoners... but our elderly and mentally ill are left to fend for themselves...
Sometimes social support can be abused, but the alternative of private enterprise can be just as wasteful and heartless.
If you want private capital to come in so that the government can use the same money into more productive use then you have to privatise , You have to sell both the non-performing and performing assets to make it attractive to private players.....they will come in only if there is profit.
Bullshit, some of the functions of government don't need to make a profit, and the functions that generate income need to be kept in government hands so that profit can fund less profitable sectors. Healthcare should not create a profit... if it does then you are clearly charging the patients too much.
When healthcare is privatised then the priority becomes expensive long term treatments instead of cures... for a private investor someone with a disease that can be transmitted to others is best treated for the symptoms for life so they can continue to spread the disease for more future clients. For a government a healthy population is more productive and pays more tax and has less sick days so cures are the focus.
It is pretty obvious which is better for society.
Rosneft is 50 % Government owned and the remaining by big private players or in public stocks. Gazprom is 100 % government owned, both are successful business so you need both types to be in there.
Why? If you run the company properly then why share out 50% of profit to someone else? The interests of the country are more important than the interests of the private investors.
Those roads are state funded infrastructure. And the state has to keep the private road companies in line since they love
to cut corners on the amount of asphalt they lay. If the utopian private everything model was followed, then every road and
bridge would have a substantial toll for usage and the road construction would only service profitable markets. That is,
no road development into poorly populated parts of the country. Russia clearly cannot live by such an idiotic model.
Exactly. And I suspect a cheaper lower cost road made by a private company might also need to be relayed every few years at cost too.
Medvedev says foreign investors not losing interest in Russia despite sanctions
You make more money in a growing economy... they are not doing it to help Russia, they are doing it to help themselves.