Sir Kier Starmer sent a strong message to the UK Energy Providers with an underlying threat made at the Labour Party Conference yesterday. If Labour gets elected it will set up a new publicly owned Energy Provider that will be in direct competition with the current UK Energy Providers. However it will be run for the benefit of the public and not as a privatised enterprise. This was initially my idea that I provided to the Labour Party on 19th October 2017. See my post http://havemysay.me.uk/competition-is-the-way-forward-for-the-public-ownership-of-gas-and-electricity-in-britain
Let’s get an Energy Company that works for Britain: instead of outside interests
So this was originally my idea of setting up a Government owned Energy Company offering direct competition to the current suppliers with the aim of putting them out of business. So instead of raising public funds to re-nationalise we can actually put them out of business instead without having to pay any compensation to shareholders. Even though Sir Kier Starmer didn’t mention putting them out of business that is surely the ultimate aim. Clearing the way for Britain to at last and again be in total charge of it’s energy provision. Let’s finally rid ourselves of outside interests from other countries leaching on our energy markets. Let’s stop subsidising other countries and standing by while they benefit from our subsidiaries. Let’s get an energy market that works for Britain and Britain alone.
It could be though of as re-nationalisation by stealth and uses Thatcher’s own policies of market competition to re-nationalise and take Energy Provision back into Public Ownership. This was my idea and it has obviously been taken on by Sir Kier and the Labour Party.
Should the Energy Providers be worried: you bet they should
So should the UK’S Energy Providers should be worried: you bet they should. The public image of these companies are that they are greedy and exploitative and those that endorse them ( the Tories) are tarred with the same brush. It’s time to sweep them aside by taking all their customers by offering a better deal from a government owned Energy Provider working for the benefit of all UK citizens and putting profits back at the disposal of the UK Government. This is Thatcherism in reverse at long last so that the greedy UK Energy Providers get put out of business using the very policies of competition that brought them into being in the first place. At long last Sir Kier Starmer has the clear thinking to finally offer some new thinking to tackle the long entrenched, outdated and discredited policies of Thatcherism. With a little help from me of course.
It is evident that the only solution to deal with Inflation is to re-nationalise the Energy Providers in the UK: the only obstacle to be removed is the Tories. It is now in the national interest to re- nationalise these Energy Providers to deal with Inflation and to prevent the gross profiteering by these utilities which is against the national interests. Quite simply the current situation is intolerable and is the only factor driving inflation higher and higher. The Tories have lost any control and regulation of the utilities and Ofgen is defunct and unfit for purpose. Continue reading Re-nationalise the Energy Providers is the only option to deal with Inflation: the Tories are the only obstacle
There is no EnergyPrice Cap. No meaningful intervention and no controls and certainly no regulating body. Price Cap: my Arse. Energy companies and utilities are setting any arbitrary prices that they like without intervention from this useless Tory Government. Energy companies and utilities can basically charge what they want and over inflate their greed and profiteering at the same time. Only the threats of re- nationalisation can rein them in now.
The Conservative Party’s policies are finally revealed to be a Dead-end Street for Britain. Their policies and ideas are stagnated and simply not relevant for a Britain struggling to develop and struggling under insurmountable Inflation being driven by the immoral greed and profiteering of the Energy and utilities companies in the UK.
Privatisations have spawned monsters with ideas that they can milk demand to death without impunity or consequences. These monster energy and utilities companies are driven by greed acting outside of the national interests without a conscience or any remorse. There sole purpose being to maximise their profits whilst driving Inflation in the UK higher and higher. No longer restrained by governments they can act outside of concerns like fair pricing for energy and act beyond any national concerns. They even set their own prices and Price Cap (joke) without any government intervention. They are quite simply a law unto themselves. And whose fault is it? Well fault can be traced back over many decades to the ill thought out and possibly illegal sale of the resources to private concerns and profiteers. And who wad to blame for that: well previous and current Conservative governments because they did it and the current Conservative governments continue to endorse it. Privatisation was always going to be a Dead-end Street for Britain and we are now at it upper limits with no where else to go other than backwards to find a brighter future without these shambolic profiteering energy and utilities companies dictating the economic situation and profiteering and causing misery and mayhem thanks to the ill thought out policies of consecutive Tory Governments.
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The energy companies and the utilities are laughing at you all the way to the bank. As you struggle to meet your fuel and energy bills these companies continue to drive inflation higher and higher whilst maximising their ever increasing profits and paying huge dividends to their shareholders. It is immoral that they are making huge profits and not simply passing on costs to consumers. Instead they are adding huge profit margins to their prices. In this way they are fixing prices and driving inflation without regards. Their behaviour is immoral and wrong. They are exploiting consumers and laughing at them whilst the Tory government does nothing at all.
To tackle inflation you must reel in the profiteering of the Energy and Utilities who are driving inflation upwards for their own ends
Continue reading Energy Companies and Utilities are laughing at you all the way to the Bank
A question on everyone’s mind at the moment concerns exactly Who is making money from these Energy Price Hikes. I have watched reports and can’t seem to get to the bottom of it. There has been suggestions that Price Hikes are because of infrastructure costs such as pipes and wires but that simply doesn’t add up. Surely our taxation system provided money to develop things like nuclear power stations etc so why isn’t the public in control of these businesses?
A sure fire way to get the utilities and railways back into public ownership and the less costly way of achieving this.
Yes I admire the ambition of the Labour Party Manifesto and it’s aim to get the Gas and Electricity utilities and railways back into public ownership. Success of this would lead to a more prosperous and fairer Britain and it would be the start of a new era for Britain. Yes it is high time to reverse the failed privatisations of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and this would be a move which would put Britain on track again. However the scale and the cost of the task is dauntingly enormous and Thatcher knew how difficult it would be to ever go backwards. She tried to make her privatisations irreversible in an attempt to frustrate any attempts to ever develop socialism in Britain. She thought that she had had the final word but despite this there was a fundamental flaw in her plan and one which the Labour Party could exploit if it is savvy enough.
Continue reading Competition is the way forward for the public ownership of Gas and Electricity in Britain
Theresa May’s Conservatives have put forward proposals for an energy cap that is yet another undisguised Tory attempt to buy back votes from the poorest. Again it another means tested benefit that will help only a few and it is likely that the Energy Companies will seek to rake back these losses by actually increasing the tariffs of those that fall outside the means tested criteria. So again we may see some winners and some losers. This is a weak policy and simply a knee-jerk reaction to Labour’s manifesto pledges to actually completely overhaul the Energy Industry by reversing privatisation and getting these industries back into the public sector. Theresa May’s weakly watered-down version of fairness will benefit a handful only and is only a sticking plaster on a gaping wound. A weak policy from a weak Prime Minister still intent to protect the interests of these Privatised Companies. The reality is that the only thing that will ensure fairness for the Energy Consumer is to take these industries back into public ownership where we can all benefit from a fairer, not for profit, pricing structure. Where the capital that these industries generate work for the benefit of us all not just the few and privileged.
The Conservative Party Conference has left them looking embarrassingly weak. Seeming to lack any imagination, unity and credibility they are struggling to convince both themselves and the public they represent a credible government working for the benefit of Great Britain. The obvious truth of the matter is that they don’t. They claim to be championing the working people: they don’t. This is old rhetoric that we heard when the Prime Minister, Theresa May, took over from David Cameron after he ran away unceremoniously embarrassed by his huge political gamble that had exploded in his face.
So we have heard it all before and the recent General Election 2017 showed that the public will not swallow it either. So the Conservative Party Conference sees them trying to win the same argument in which they have already been embarrassingly defeated. What this Conference has shown is that the Conservatives are unimaginative with no real vision for the future of Great Britain. They are unwilling to tackle head on the main issues which effect the British Public namely: huge profiteering of the utility providers, high rail fares, welfare, the NHS, and where the British Economy will be post Brexit. These are the issues to which the British Public want real change and real answers and these are the areas where there is high public dissatisfaction. Instead the Conservatives remain totally uninspiring, seemingly attempting to convince us they they represent the interests of working people and the working classes whilst doing very little to deserve this high accolade that they have foisted upon themselves. Well the public will not be deceived and duped so easily especially by a political party that cannot even manage their own conference properly. No the Conservative Party Conference 2017 has shown us that they are not united – they are divided and that Theresa May is not strong enough to cope with the dissidence within her own Party and in particular she is unwilling and unable to discipline it’s loose cannon:Boris Johnson. But what this week has shown most of all is that they are totally terrified of Jeremy Corbyn and of Socialism in particular. Reference the speech of the Chancellor of Exchequer- Phillip Hammond on 03/10/17. This speech shows how much the Tories are fearfulness of socialism and fairness for Great Britain. They have little answer to it other than to pretend that they themselves represent fairness and prosperity but in truth they do not. So fearful are the Conservatives and this is indicated by the amount of time and reference he gave to attacking Jeremy Corbyn and his policies on a very personal level. By default this showed a great fear for what Mr Corbyn represents to his followers and in the long run it only served to give Mr Corbyn even more kudos.
Continue reading Conservative’s Party Conference shows that they lack: credibility, imagination and unity and that they are terrified of Corbyn
Privatisations have not worked for the British Public. Privatisations have only been successful only for the shareholders and fatcats. It is now a failed experiment that needs to be addressed. The time for apathy about this issue is over. The privatisations of Margaret Thatcher and John Major have bankrupted Britain robbing money from the public purse and taking away any abilities of subsequent governments to invest in the infra-structure of Britain. The public have been cheated and robbed of their assets by these privatisations which now continue to hold their customers in contempt with massive price rises to satisfy the insatiable greed of the shareholders. These are Britain’s money making assets which have been taken away. It is time to come to our senses and put pressure on, or better still elect a government that is willing to tackle the issue head on and do the right thing. The public need action not some tinkering and adjustment to tariffs : empty promises that never seem to come to anything. This issue needs a complete overhaul and reversal of these privatisations which occurred under Margaret Thatcher and John Major regimes. In all cases the public was mis-sold these privatisations on the promise that it would be good for the consumer and that it was in the consumers best interests to have and benefit from increased competition. However in all cases this has not proved to be the case at all. All we have seen instead is Cartel like behaviour and confusing and mis-leading and expensive pricing structures. The public need to own the Gas Supply Industry, the Electricity Supply Industry and the Railways. It is firmly in the interests of the British Public to do so. With the Capital that public ownership would generate we could improve the NHS, improve public services and start to significantly reduce the National Debt in the UK. It could spell an quicker end to Austerity Measures, which have been unnecessarily imposed on us by a Tory Government and Coalition which lacks any real vision or ambition for Britain.