Graffiti at the site of the new £355 million Royal Liverpool Hospital, which was being built by Carillion.

As if neoliberalism wasn't in deep enough trouble across the West, now one of its foundational concepts is sinking into the mire in the UK. Outsourcing of government functions is at the heart of neoliberalism -- from making services contestable to contracting out to outright privatisation, the idea that the private sector can get things done more efficiently and effectively is sacred writ.