Poll: Majority of Brits Want Rail, Energy Companies Nationalized

Here is part of a write-up on the latest
terrifying poll from the other side of the Atlantic (from

The majority of the British public – including the majority of
Conservative voters – support nationalising the energy and rail

Labour’s plan to freeze energy prices for 20 months has
re-ignited the debate over the role of the government in markets,
with Conservatives arguing intervention is a ‘con’ while Labour
claim the state should ‘reset’ the market. Shadow transport
secretary Mary Creagh has even suggested Labour are open to
re-nationalising train services.

However, YouGov research for the Centre for Labour and Social
Studies finds voters of all politics united in their support for
nationalisation of energy and rail.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that most Labour Party
supporters, who are
unashamedly socialist
, want rail and energy companies to be
nationalized. However, it is frightening that more than half of
Conservatives polled agree with Labour supporters on the issue:

The graph above not only shows that the nationalization of rail
and energy companies has majority support across the British
political spectrum, it also highlights that UKIP members are hardly
the supporters of limited government and free markets
some seem

to think they are
. In fact, UKIP members support the
nationalization of rail and energy companies more than Liberal
Democrats, who are oftentimes described as center-left.

Below is another terrifying graph from the same poll. It turns
out that over a third of the British public believe that the
government should have the power to control the price of food:

Read the full results of the poll

from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/04/poll-majority-of-brits-want-rail-energy

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