Colin Leys


Colin Leys
Colin Leys is an honorary professor at Goldsmiths University of London. He is the author of Market Driven Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest and, with Stewart Player, The Plot Against the NHS (Merlin Press, 2011).


Carillion shows the urgent need to democratise social services

24 January 2018 How do we ensure that the collapse of Carillion proves a true watershed moment in how we organise society? By Colin Leys.

McKinsey’s unhealthy profits

4 July 2012 Stewart Player and Colin Leys on the consultancy firm making a fortune from the privatisation of the NHS

After the health bill: The end of the NHS as we know it

18 April 2012 With the health bill passed, the government is now setting about forcing the market into the NHS. Colin Leys looks at what is likely to happen next

This weekend’s NHS vote is the Lib Dems’ last chance

10 March 2012 Colin Leys says party members face a choice – is loyalty to their leaders more important than the future of the health service?

Healthy alternatives

14 July 2011 Colin Leys looks at how Scotland and Wales have rejected marketising the NHS

Making sense of the ‘pause’ in the health bill

13 April 2011 Colin Leys on the proposed changes to the health bill, and how we can use the pause to defend the NHS

Dismantling the NHS

1 October 2010 Stewart Player and Colin Leys expose the reality of the government's plans for the health service

Killing your own creation

22 April 2009 Colin Leys examines how and why Labour is destroying the NHS

Under the knife

2 April 2008 With little public support for private healthcare, the proponents of marketisation are finding new ways to undermine the NHS. Stewart Player and Colin Leys investigate

The great NHS ‘deficits’ con

1 May 2006 With the hospital ‘deficits crisis’ dominating the headlines, amidst claims that increases in NHS funding have been eaten up by pay and other cost increases, Colin Leys continues Red Pepper’s exposure of what is really happening in the health service.

Not safe in their hands

1 March 2006 New Labour is in the process of achieving what Thatcher didn’t dare – the demolition of the National Health Service

Broadcasting mouse

1 March 2004 Colin Leys describes how the Hutton report has left the BBC dangerously exposed to the demands of its corporate and Westminster enemies

Saving broadcasting for democracy

1 February 2004 With the BBC suffering a post-Hutton savaging and Rupert Murdoch, Conrad Black and many in the Labour Party keen to see British broadcasting mimic the monopolistic, right-wing US model, it's time the left leapt to the corporation's defence.