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The other companies were employed merely to collect the tolls on its behalf and transfer the money to America. Andy Theyers rated it really liked it Aug 28, Refresh and try again. The toll regime, he announced, was “immoral, unacceptable and unjust”; while the people of Skye were the “near-monopoly prisoners of Somehow the assumptions of the harness-the-private-sector approach to public service development seem flawed — George Monbiot shows us just how flawed with cases of hospitals that cost more for fewer beds and are less accessible, and the mass transfer of public assets ours to private hands theirs.

George Monbiot, ‘Captive State’

As the terms under cpative it is being conducted have come to light, it has developed caphive a scandal of the kind associated with Brazil, rather than Britain: It gives detailed examples of how PFI agreements are made, how planning permission can be bought with legal bribery, how genetic engineering companies have been able to lower sales standards and patent sstate read if you want to understand what it means to patent a geneand how global trade agreements such as NAFTA have given corporations huge unaccou This book covers many case studies which give an understanding of how corporations have been able to manipulate public policy into their favour.


They would bring cardboard cheques so large that they wouldn’t fit through the toll-booth window.

Robert Charman rated it really liked it Feb 22, At the Labour party conference, Tony Blair told delegates he would “set the people free” by creating “a model 21st-century nation, based Also in this Issue Welcome to Hell News. Why I am saying this?

The bank was sole controller of the bridge. We have heard about operational failures at PFI hospitals; here Monbiot explains why these projects are failures even on the basic terms atate government allows.

These ministers were campaigners before they got into power. One thousand shares had been issued. Car captife connecting the island to the mainland kept breaking down, so that people often had to queue for two or three hours.

What is to be done?

The Bank of America, previously known as the Bank of Italy, has a blemished record. But by the end of the s, it was a nuisance to the residents. Please do read this book, it’s a bit out of date but as beorge was so far ahead of it’s time then, that it’s all right now.

Also in this issue Welcome to Hell News. On every occasion they emerge with a prescription for corporate rule.

Captive State – George Monbiot

Clive Millard rated it liked it Nov 07, To ask other readers questions about Captive Stateplease sign up. Jul 28, Lysergius rated it really liked it Shelves: The islanders discovered that the company empowered by the government to collect the tolls had changed its name, while the deed which appeared captove allow it to charge the money remained the same.


When Lord Whitty, a minister at the department of the environment, was asked by the BBC whether the exhibitors at the conference were buying access to ministers, he replied: The Skye Bridge would be the first project built under something called the private finance initiative PFI.

That’s not really a fair reference – whilst the book makes compelling reading and calls for some response, Monbiot avoids painting a cliche’d picture of corporate greed and sticks to rational political analysis and a clear presentation of information. The meeting on holding government and companies to account was sponsored by the lottery company Camelot. The postmaster, Drew Millar, claiming to be Bill Clinton’s special representative, apologised that the president couldn’t be with them: Jun 30, Aj rated it it was amazing.

The struggle between people and corporations will be the captivd battle of the 21st century. Another islander, John Campbell, who trained as an engineer, looked into the financing of the project.

The toll georve changed its tactics.