The Editor 

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The Editor

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On the face of it, outsourcing is a wonderful business. Take a badly run public service, add in a splash of private sector efficiency and all of a sudden everything is hunky dory – services improve at a lower cost to taxpayers and shareholders get the opportunity to make a few quid, too. Yet the collapse of Carillion this week, which for many years has been a significant beneficiary of such government largesse, should, if nothing else, give us pause for thought on just how robust this model is after all. 

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