This week’s read has been George Monbiot’s Captive State. This shocking book shows how corporations in the UK and overseas have become so powerful in the UK. The Private Finance Initiative is documented to have enabled a range of private investors to buy into and then profit from the Skye Bridge, hospitals, schools, land use, shops, the food chain, many key areas of our economic life are controlled by private companies rather than the government.
Monbiot’s solution? “Engaging in democratic politics, using exposure, enfranchisement and dissent to prise representatives out of the arms of the powers they have embraced” (2000,p.358).
“Only one thing can reverse the corporate take over of Britain. It’s you.” (2000, p.360).