...public service provision that is. Why do people believe private sector companies whose imperative it is to sell a product at lowest cost to themselves and highest possible cost to the consumer will make excellent replacements for government agencies and public sector provision of public services? Private companies will lie, beg, murder and steal and will sell the cheapest crap at the highest prices they can get away with. Why do people believe that private companies can be held accountable by markets which have just now created one of the worst recessions in history by behaving in totally socially irresponsible ways while governments seduced by the argument that the market polices itself for this kind of malpractice just stood by and allowed businesses to cause untold economic destruction in the reckless pursuit of grotesque and seemingly exponential profit? Why do people believe that to encourage the entrepreneur is a social good and the best tonic for all that currently ails a substantial portion of the world economy? Wasn't it the inherently selfish nature of this mode of economic activity which fed the recent decades of rampant greed and naked avarice which have brought about the situation we're in now? Surely its iniquitous to undermine the public sector which when the chips were down was the only part of most economies which was in good standing with the bank while thousands of private businesses went to wall because of their unregulated and insatiable hunger for profits regardless of the dangers of over extension, or even taking in to account negligence and the possibility of the good times running out. Why should public sector jobs be slashed and public service incomes cut across the world forcing millions below the poverty line or at least in to financial turmoil just to try to kick-start a private sector which not only caused the recession we're in now but in causing that recession proved without a shadow of a doubt that it is incapable of regulating itself let alone taking up the slack for a massive public sector shrinkage? How could anyone be expected to believe that captains of industry so recently gone down with their ships, ships sunk by incompetence, could fail to make the same balls up of public service provision? So why do governments, like that of the UK, around the developed world still think the private sector is anything other than a caged drunk chimera only waiting for the key to be turned in the lock keeping it at bay allowing it to destroy the public sector just as surely as it befouled its own nest?