I'm finding Tories pretty objectionable this week. The Tories are not shrinking the size of the state - they are simply outsourcing the state - and that is not privatisation - it is corporatisation - beyond the reach of accountability. It is not even desirable privatisation. It is not the case that simply having private sector management brings down costs, not least because whatever costs they bring down by shaving down wages and overheads is absorbed in bonuses and share dividends.
Moreover it is not private sector management that
brings down costs - it's market competition - and unless you know of a
rival private sector parole service it's not going to be marketised any
time soon. If these Tories are low tax small state conservatives then I
am Hilary Clinton.