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Salisbury slams 'disgraceful' system in PFI tirade

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Presidential candidate Ian Salisbury has upped the ante in his campaign by launching a blistering attack on the government's PFI procurement method.

Speaking at the only London hustings, Salisbury described the system as 'nothing short of a disgrace' and vowed to fight its continued use if he wins the forthcoming election.

'This is an uncivilised, immoral, disgraceful system that is a scam and a failure, ' the Oxford-based practitioner told the audience. 'As an institute we desperately need to do something about it.

'As a country, we are borrowing and buying on the future of our children in this monstrous system. It is our kids that will have the clay on their shoes when it all goes wrong.

'This is a deceit and an immoral concept.

The cream just keeps coming to the top. Believe me, I know about the way that this works as I was brought in to look at the new eye-hospital in Oxford.

'The designs were a failure and the whole project is having to be remodelled before the staff even move in, ' Salisbury added. 'We need to do something before it's too late.'

The other candidates were more restrained on the issue. Simon Foxell - the author of the institute's PFI policy document - argued there was no need to be so confrontational. 'There are a lot of things wrong with the system, ' he said. 'But we need to work with the government to help them reform it.'

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