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Let’s put our institutions back into public hands

The idea of privatisation is to increase competition, and consequently create services which offer better value for money to the consumer, as they are having to constantly compete. It should also increase efficiency, and the amount of choice available to consumers. That’s the idea anyway. In practice, there are numerous shortcomings which sacrifice consumer interest for profits of those who are at the top.

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Are they all the same?

A common argument against not wearing a school uniform is that children will get bullied for not wearing ‘cool’ brands, and this is unfair on those who cannot afford them. While this maybe a factor, why should we accept this degrading behaviour as normal? By enforcing a uniform upon school children, the idea that the bullying is the fault of those who are different is reinforced, as is the idea that the only way to solve the problem is by making everyone look the same. We need to encourage the mixing of groups in our children, instead of eradicating diversity completely.

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