Privatisation is clearly a goal of the coalition government.
But surely we need meaningful debate – we need sound policy not sound bite policy – one based on robust evidence not tainted by allegations of who has paid.
What do you think of these articles – how do they stack up?
And is it just a natural case of the UK coalition government trying to cut the deficit or a sign of something bigger?
And where do they leave policing – will it too become more privatised?
What do YOU think?