19 August 2022

The CapX Podcast: Robert Colvile and Henry Hill on how water works


Water, water everywhere…this week’s news has been dominated by rows over the privatised utilities. From polluting water companies to ‘greedy’ energy bosses, it’s open season on anyone who dares turn a (highly regulated) profit while providing an essential public service.

Recent water and high energy prices have also turned a spotlight on a chronic failure to build new infrastructure, with the UK failing to approve a new reservoir for more than three decades.

Joining us for this topical edition of the podcast are two leading lights of the centre-right policy world: CapX’s editor-in-chief and Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Robert Colvile, and the Deputy Editor of ConservativeHome, Henry Hill.

(If you haven’t had the chance, do read Robert’s canonical piece on how the water industry actually works, complete with an array of informative and perhaps surprising charts on pre and post-privatisation investment.)



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John Ashmore is Editor of CapX.