The Tories have no answer to the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’. Now as a last resort they have turned to taxation as their preferred ( and only available) method of attempting to deal with the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’. Taxation and more taxation is their response to dealing with the gap in public finances largely caused by their election of an inept leader which they imposed on the Country and for which we all must now pay for her mistakes. The Tories are now the party of high taxation because they haven’t anything else in their locker. For the last 12 years in Government they have been forced to rely on borrowing to keep taxation down. Now in the time of crisis all their ineptitude is showing. The Tories have no other strategy available to them besides taxation. They have nothing that generates any substantial income for them because they have sold it all off. This is the legacy of Thatcherism. Sell off all your assets and by so doing the only income you will be left with is through taxation. Thatcherism has caused Britain to become bankrupt.
Continue reading The Tories have no answer to the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’
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.
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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.
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.
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
We all know that we are paying too much for Gas, Electricity and Rail. But few think or understand the real cost of having these industries remain in private ownership. The cost to Britain and to British Citizens’s is immense. Whilst the profit’s from these industries are obscene and all drain away to the shareholders or owners whilst they could be working for Britain to improve the NHS for example or reducing the fiscal deficit that the Tories are so keen to bang on about. They could even be used to reduce the tax burden on the citizen’s of the UK and to improve public services. Think about it – where does all this money go and who is paying the price – well the answer to that is simple as long as these industries remain in the private sector rather than the public sector then they will not be working for us all – only for the few and the privileged who will continue to exploit our ignorance or apathy regarding the true cost of Energy. Competition, market forces and numerous watchdogs have done nothing at all to improve the situation. Customers have seen no benefits at all from the empty promises of the successive Tory Governments. The privatisation of these industries has proved to be a failed experiment for which every UK citizen has been paying the price ever since. All we have been left with are bewildering pricing structures and leaving consumers to waste their time wandering down dead-end streets looking for the best deals – which simply don’t exist.
So do let’s something about it let’s put in a government that supports a move towards public ownership of these industries. Give Britain what it needs – a future. Britain’s successful future lies in adopting a more socialist economic model one that works for the benefit of all of us. The Tories are preventing this from happening so it’s time for them to move aside to bring in a new successful future for Britain.
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.
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