The most persistent and frequent polluters of England\’s rivers and beaches are the nation\’s 10 biggest water companies, an Observer investigation has revealed.
The largest possible pollutant of the water of the nation is the rivers of shit and piss that 65 million of us spray around. That the organisations which deal with this flood are then the largest polluters isn\’t all that much or a surprise really. You know, even if they dealt with 99.999% of it successfully then they\’d still be the largest polluters.
Simon Hughes MP, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: \”These figures are another indictment of the failings of our privatised water companies in England. Many of them make large profits, pay huge dividends, increase prices and pay little tax. When, in addition, these figures show they don\’t deliver clean water, the public is entitled to say that our monopoly water providers are neither good corporate citizens nor good stewards of our precious environmental assets.\”
\’N\’ you can fuck off \’n\’all. If you want to blame privatisation then you\’ve got to do one of two things: compare with matters before privatisation or compare with places which were not privatised. And anyone at all who thinks that water quality is worse now than it was in the 1980s needs shooting as they\’re obviously rabidly insane. Ofwat did in fact compare England, with privatisation, against Wales with a mutually owned system, Scotland with a government owned but independent system and Northern Ireland with direct government provision. And by all the usual measures, higher purity of water, less environmental damage, lower prices etc, England beat the rest. In fact, the systems ranked both by performance and levels of improvement went England, Wales, Scotland, NI.
You know, things got worse the more the government was involved. Funny that, eh?