Last weeks admissions of failure by the British Water Companies are the perfect demonstration of the failure of Margaret Thatcher’s privatisations. Water pollution in the UK reflects and reveals decades of mismanagement by these water companies and exposes once and for all the failures of Britain’s privatisations brought about by the Thatcher and Major governments.
Now the final cost of these privatisations include polluted rivers and the coastline of the British Isles. Years of lack of investment and mismanagement have surfaced to show us the extent of the problems of privatisation. These companies have been creaming off profits to shareholders and investing in other business interests whilst neglecting their primary purpose. The stench of corruption and malpractice is as bad as the stench left by them in our polluted rivers and our beaches. Companies such as these have the obligation to look after the resources they are managing not to trash them. This obligation should be a prerequisite to the nature of there work. Hence by increasing pollution in our rivers and upon our beaches they have failed to execute their duties properly and should be removed as a liability as quickly as possible. It wouldn’t take long to do this and to prove this in a court of law and the British Government should be pressed to do so as a matter of obligation. However we have a Conservative Government in power that still supports these failed privations dating back to the Thatcher and Major Governments so any action on the matter seems remote.
Continue reading Waterways Pollution in Britain: Thatcher’s privatisations come to a shitty end
Yesterday’s announcement that the Bank of England is raising Interest Rates yet again to deal with Inflation and the Cost of Living Crisis just goes to show how clueless and incompetent Andrew Bailey really is. This is the twelfth interest rate rise to deal with this problem.
The previous eleven Interest rate rises had no effect and we continue to see prices of food and household items rising. All this proves is that the strategy of making people worse off simply is not the right way to deal with this situation. It appears that the lack of creativity and dogmatic response from Andrew Bailey and his Bank of England simply isn’t the solution to this current set of circumstances.
Continue reading Twelve Interest Rate rises sanctioned by the Bank of England all having no effect on Inflation and the Cost of Living Crisis
Tory policies have caused Britain to run aground. Thatcherite policies and values have now backed Britain into a cul-de-sac. There is no route forward any longer and therefore no reason to cling to the values of Thatcherism. Britain has no income and longer is is also bankrupt of ideas. Now the only course of action available to the Tories is to raise levels of government income from taxation. This was inevitable as a result of privatisation of Britain’s assets. Recent Tory governments have relied upon borrowing as a way of shoring up the facade that everything was under control. Then along came Liz Truss who yore down the mirrors to reveal the true horror show that the Tories had created. Truss even managed to make matters worse. No level of Tinkering about by Jeremy Hunt will make matters better. He is about to reveal a new level of taxation and unleash that on the British Public. Taxes taxes and more taxes. As if the public weren’t already struggling with higher interests rates and mortgage repayments. As if they weren’t already struggling with paying the price Hikes in energy costs and the subsequent inflationary prices. It seems that at every new announcement or misguided policy or budget that the Tories impose on us, that matters actually get worse and worse.
It comes as no surprise that the Tories are viewing tax rises as their only option
It comes as no surprise that the Tories are raising taxation, after all it’s their only option. The Tories have run out of ideas. Thatcherism has run it’s course until it’s run out of steam. Trickle down economics is mis-trusted. Thatcherism was evaporation economics. However Thatcherite values still prevailed in the values of the Conservative Party. Thatcherism is still evident everywhere in Britain even after 40 years. The Railways, Electricity, Gas and Water still remain in private sector. This is due in part to Blair who led the country and the Labour Party up the garden path. Blair remains a traitor to the Labour Party. An experiment in middle of the road politics that spawned a monster. Blair’s Labour Party did nothing to reverse the excesses of Thatcher and Major. By doing nothing it seemed to endorse them. Blair’s legacy was complete failure and is a period best forgotten by the Labour Party.
Britain needs socialism now to turn round our economy and open up new avenues to prosperity
How to tackle the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’. Well the first obstacle is to remove the Tory Government because they are not equipped, ethically or ideologically, to deal effectively with the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’. In fact many of their policies have contributed to this situation. The legacy of Thatcherism is also a contributory factor. The current situation of having our Energy and other utilities in the private sector is a major factor contributing to the high levels of Inflation that we are seeing. These Energy Providers have just got increasingly greedy and any attempts to moderate this by Tory Government Policies has been ineffectual.
Continue reading How to tackle the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’
The Conservative Clown Show goes on and on and just keeps giving. The Conservatives have managed to turn both politics and economics into a standing joke. Forget ‘Live at the Apollo’ and just watch the news. Now we hear that their main Clown is to rejoin the Show. The bungling buffoon is coming back so the plot gets even more ridiculous. I have previously highlighted the lack of talent in the Conservative Party and this has been confirmed by recent events. They just can’t think of anyone except to be their leader except a failed Prime Minister. Poor Rishi Sunak who appears to the only one with an ounce of talent and credibility. Sunak was the main man behind Boris Johnson and whilst Johnson was donning the hard hats and pretending to be a working class person it was Sunak who steered the ship economically. Sunak was the sensible one whilst Boris was the Clown performing for the media. Johnson has little grasp on economics and even less grasp on the truth. Without Sunak Johnson was nothing but a buffoon. Johnson is incapable of the serious stuff. Johnson will not be capable of steering a course through the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’.
Johnson has not got things done: Brexit remains unfinished and ‘Levelling up’ was a lie to obtain power
Let’s think about what Boris Johnson has not finished. Brexit remains undone and as a result Northern Ireland has no functioning government because of questions that remain unfinished regarding the Northern Ireland protocol and the questions remaining about the transfer of goods without a hard border with the rest of Ireland. There had also been no evidence of ‘Levelling Up’. As I have said this was always just a slogan and attempt to derail real Socialist values. It was an attempt to steal traditional Labour Party votes and a blatant attempt to mislead by lying to voters with empty promises.
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.
As we await the bold plan of the latest installment of the Tory Prime Minister number 4 , Liz Tuss, I am reminded of another bold and cunning plan by Baldrick of Black Adder fame. It might appear that the 2 have something in common with one another with the announcements of both that they have a bold and cunning plan. The similarities might not just end there though because Baldruck’s plans always came to nought and similarly those of Liz Truss’s may have the same auspicious ending as well. I suppose only time will tell. However during the leadership race I was pretty unconvinced by Truss whose wooly thinking often exposed her. I was also not convinced that Truss had any edge at all over Sunak and mostly to the contrary actually I thought Sunak gave the more convincing arguments. Remember that Truss’s plans to alter income tax actually didn’t benefit Pensioners at all. What struck me most about Truss’s win was that there must be a severe lack of any real talent at all in the Conservative Party at the moment if Truss was eventually crowned as the preferred candidate.
Continue reading Baldrick also had a bold and cunning plan: which like Truss’s will come to nothing
What’s wrong with British people? Why are British people so against re-nationalisation of our utilities: our infrastructure? In recent months we have seen how the Energy Providers are exploiting a situation to maximise their profits. We have seen that their actions have led to Inflation and Intertest Rate rises. The time has come to seek to re-nationalise the utilities and in particular the Energy Providers. How long can the British avoid nationalisation of the Energy Companies when it’s starring you in the face as the only solution to deal with Inflation and the ‘ Cost of Living Crisis’. A Tory government will not do this and without it there is not even a single glimmer of hope that a change in the leadership of the Tories will help at all. Liz Truss is a false hope and a mere waste of time. To invest any hope in her to do the right thing will prove to be a costly mistake. Liz Truss can’t be relied upon to do the right thing and nationalise the energy providers in the UK. It’s a blind spot for all Tories and as long as it is then right thing to do will remain undone. So there needs to be a call for the Tories to stand aside so that someone can actually get the job done and do what needs to be done: and that is quite simply to take the energy providers back into public ownership. Re-nationalise the energy providers right now and while we are at it take the railways and the water providers back into public ownership now. And if we can’t re-nationalise these utilities let’s consider squeezing them out of business by introducing a Government sponsored version of the Gad and Electricity providers. If we cannot re-nationalise let’s take public ownership through competition and hence no compensation and a small fraction of the cost of re-nationalising.
It gets more ridiculous: soon the British consumer will be subsidising the French and keeping their energy prices rises limited to only 4%. Yes France is currently re-nationalising their energy company EDF, which operates in the UK. So when consumers in the UK pay EDF their inflated energy prices they will be helping to keep the bills of their French counterparts at a 4% low. So are we British stupid or what?
Britain needs New thinking and New Strategies to deal with Inflation and this ‘Cost of Living Crisis’. Britain needs re-nationalisation of it’s utilities
So wake up Britain. Britain needs new thinking, new ideas and new strategies to deal with Inflation and this ‘Cost of Living Crisis’. Britain needs re-nationalisation of key industries: particularly the Energy Providers. The Tories are dedicated to protecting these profiteering energy companies. The Tories are the obstacle that we in Britain need to remove to tackle inflation and profiteering by these energy providers in the UK. Britain must demand re-nationalisation of the Energy Providers in the UK. To do this Britain must first push aside the Tories who are protecting them. Tory thinking is dogmatic and stale. Socialist Economic theory offers new thinking and new ideas to offer Britain a fresh start and a more prosperous future for everybody.
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.