Amid all the scaremongering and special pleading about Labour's water policy are two things we can surely all agree on.
One is that no-one ever likes the idea of paying for something that has always been free. The other is that many of our rivers and other waterways are now little more than sewers.
The status quo is a case of privatise the gains and socialise the losses.
It is pretty conventional, where a public resource (that is, one that is not private property) is taken and used for commercial gain in a way that deprives anyone else from using it, for a royalty to be charged.