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
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
The stench of British privatisation is becoming evident in the run up to COP26. Government ministers are running for cover and attempting to hide under stones after a Government motion was defeated which would have forced the private water companies to clean up their act. However what happened was actually very embarrassing for the government because the bill was defeated which actually looked liked a huge endorsement for the behaviour of the private water companies and a signal that it was OK to keep discharging untreated sewage in the rivers of Britain and into the seas around the UK. This is a huge embarrassment to the government in the run up to COP26. Again it is a stench resulting from the privatisations of the water companies pioneered by previous Conservative governments.
It appears that ministers voted on the matter in the way that they did mainly because of huge investments in the infrastructure that would be needed to update the antiquated system currently in place. Cost in this case was prohibitive to improving and maintaining the environment so the choice preferred was to continue to pollute and degrade the environment.
So why haven’t these private companies been investing in making these improvements themselves and why are they still reliant on funding from the government and the tax payers? What has gone wrong with privatisation? Surely the idea of privatisation was to become independent of the tax payer and yet these companies still manage to bother the tax payers to subsidise their profiteering enterprises.
Basically we all get fed up of listening to the news and hearing about violence and the poor state of the British Economy. This article is how to make Britain great again. It is not easy there are no easy solutions to make Britain great again. Tough choices need to be made and even tougher policies need to brought in to tackle the rot of British Society and make Britain great again. How to make Britain great again is not a cosmetic makeover it is a rebuild up with stronger decision making tackling the toughest issues that face Britain today. There are many ways and conflicting opinions about how to make Britain great again and a much nicer place for us all to live in. So what is stopping us striving for and achieving a greater Britain in the future. Here are some of my thoughts about the things that we could put into place now to make Britain great now and achieve an even greater Britain in the future.
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.
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.
Socialism is better for Britain. Socialism offers Britain a New start and a shining new path towards prosperity. Socialism is better for Britain because it lowers the burden of taxation on tax payers. So why aren’t we embracing it.