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Can the private sector make services run better?

Mark Wallace and Frances O’Grady go head-to-head in this month's duel

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Yes (Mark Wallace) 

Look at the world around us, in all its amazing creativity and variety. The winning combination of specialisation and competition, which is the foundation of the modern economy, has made available more and better things in every sphere of life, and provided more people than ever before with the opportunity to access them. Instead of asking why would we let the private sector get involved in public services, the real question is why on earth wouldn’t we want to harness such…

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