This is why we must resist the agenda of privatization and marketization of health care, education and welfare provision. This is the first priority of any Left Alternative, without ownership by the people of Britain and Europe of the key elements of society there isn’t any democratic control. This is at the heart of the neo-liberal/neo-conservative project to restore class power and as a direct consequence increased inequality that favours the capitalist elite at the expense of the working classes. It’s the reason the social-democratic project failed and that capitalism survived, it’s the reason why I see Marxist socialist theory as more relevant to the situation of capitalism in the 21st century than the theories of Bernstein and social-democracy. This doesn’t mean that social-democracy isn’t useful or been beneficial to the working class, but that it was useful in a particular stage of bourgeois capitalist development. It may still have a role to play in the class struggle between capital and labour but the high point of social-democracy has passed as the antagonisms between capital and labour become more confrontational and compromise less possible.