None of these facts hold true in the case of public services. The possibility of failure cannot be comprehended in those services. To even consider adopting that mentality is wrong. It was wrong when train operators walked away from their franchises and hospital contracts. It will be wrong in every other circumstance where it might arise and the alternative option of state supply has been removed by the abandonment of appropriate skills to provide the services within the state sector.
But what if state provision does fail? Like, say, Islington child care services did?
It’s no good saying “we cannot let State services fail” when we have any number of cases we can point to and say “State services failed there”.