Re: Remember Network Rail...
"The government should bring Openreach back into public ownership (they should never have privatised that bit) "
So that's another few billion pounds to be added to the national debt then - well, assuming you
Of course at the time of privatisation there was not separate "local loop" organisation and, in any case, the government raised as much in cash terms via the three tranches of share sales as BT's entire market capitalisation, so you might think the government did fairly well out of that deal when the accumulated inflation is taken into account.
It's also worth noting that, at the time of privatisation, competition was to be provided by the local cable franchises (who had cable TV delivery monopolies) and, to a considerable extent, that arrived with about 50% of households covered.