LETTERS

Will the renationalisation of the railways spread to the NHS and other areas which have become the focus of leeches bleeding an already anaemic public service through the private finance initiative?

Many, of all political persuasions, sincerely hope so.

The way the building industry has contrived to generate vast profits at the expense of public services says as much about its 'snouts in the trough' ethics as it does about the government's duplicity in trying to hoodwink the electorate into believing it is a good deal.

It is good - but not for the recipients of the services. Nor is it good for future taxpayers, who will have to bear the debt for many generations.

It is true that principles do not come cheap - we can see that from the profit margins of construction, design and service companies, not to mention the win-win arrangements of the money lenders.

When Nye Bevan was establishing the NHS he accepted the need to 'stuff mouths with gold'. He hadn't realised how big would be the gaping maws of PFI operators.

There are, of course, the other parasites: outsourcing companies which make profits on the backs of public service employees. They absolve senior public servants of their duty to provide effective services:

instead they become directors, who sell their staff 's salaries, pensions and career prospects.

Why senior staff such as chief executives do not blow the whistle on what they must see as an attack on the rights of the population remains a mystery.

When they have a career expectancy of less than the average football manager, what have they got to loose? Name and address supplied