Good article by Patrick Butler on the Southern Cross debacle, etc.
In local government, Suffolk county council, essentially a test bed for the white paper vision at municipal level, has abandoned its plans to outsource hundreds of millions of pounds' worth of services amid public outcry, and ditched its leader and chief executive in the process.
Also see his blog on the Suffolk NSD debacle: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2011/jul/04/andrea-hill-pay-off-suffolk-council
Cuts: Andrea Hill's £220,000 pay off
Cuts did for Suffolk "virtual council" experiment, and someone had to pay the political price