"Contractorisation" - a hideous word coined by David Cameron when he was questioned recently by a parliamentary committee. He was asked about Chris Grayling's statement that companies which are guilty of malpractice or gross failure could be ruled out of future contracts. (Think Serco and G4S.) Would this happen? Cameron was vague, but said he was in favour of more "contractorisation". Of course he was vague. Because it won't happen. For one thing it would be a legal minefield, and for another, who else is there? He was also asked about the timetable for bringing in Universal Credit, and was equally vague, leading people to conclude that he and the government know it's not remotely on schedule, and only Iain Duncan Smith thinks it is.
With the start of the party conference season, we can see very clearly that there is consensus among the main parties about welfare and outsourcing. Clegg waffled this morning about "making work pay" and dodged a question about the deepening poverty of those on benefits. This is the Tory attitude as well; they believe that they have won the argument. Tales of hardship can be brushed aside, because a majority of the electorate have accepted the propaganda. Michael Gove caused a bit of a fuss by saying that he thought people who used food banks were just bad at managing their money. Various Labour MPs are willing to put a different point of view, but their party would not alter anything the Tories have done. Nor would they call a halt to the outsourcing.
Cameron, Gove, Clegg et al are not necessarily bad people. They have good intentions towards people whose lives they cannot begin to understand. When they are confronted with the truth they can't accept it. And now that the economic figures aren't quite as bad as they were, they can proclaim that they were right. It's grim.