Energy Huff and Puff

We have all heard the Huff and Puff from various political parties of what they will do to curb the steep Energy Prices, it usually comes to the fore around election time and this General Election is no exception with the Tories proposing a price cap.

Given that the Tories are the party of Business and in particular Big Business Corporations we can safely take this promise with a pinch of salt as in true Tory form it will amount to nothing that you can guarantee.

So lets move on and discuss what is actually need for the energy market to operate fairly with transparency and restore the trust in the market that has been lost.

It does not need half baked prices freezes or price caps, this are just temporary measures and will not go far enough, what it actually needs is a wide spread investigation and review across all energy types including nuclear and green.

It needs not be an investigation of just the suppliers as we always get from Tories the none listening party but consumers too including the issues they face in paying, shoddy service and those caught in the prepay trap who are penalised for paying early.

We have all heard the great answer is to shop around and switch but even that may not necessarily get you the best price, indeed those on prepay do not have these options strange that, given they are early payers but lets remember price comparison sites do not always give you best price as they are their to make money too so will promote the suppliers who pay them best commissions and bonuses.

This is all why I believe the correct answer is hand the whole shoddy energy market over to select committee and let them carry out the far reaching investigation and review the market desperately needs even if it takes a year to do as I for one will absorb prices for a year to get the right end result and an energy market that can be trusted and truly works for all.

This is the approach the Labour Party must take and blow Tory party half baked ideas out of the water.

Political polls and propaganda: the writing on the wall

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The Mail on Sunday columnist, christian and Burkean Conservative, Peter Hitchens, has said:

“Opinion polls are a device for influencing public opinion, not a device for measuring it. Crack that, and it all makes sense.”

I don’t agree with Hitchens on very much, but he is right about this.

In his book The Broken Compass, Hitchens informs us that opinion polls are actually a device for influencing public opinion. He says that the establishment and the media are responsible for this manipulation, based on the misuse of statistics. The overall purpose is to “bring about the thing it claims is already happening”. 

The author cites contemporary examples of the media attacking Gordon Brown and the “predicted” win of the Conservative Party at the 2010 general election, although Hitchens also described Brown, as a “dismal Marxoid. Hitchens’ comments are based on his time as a reporter…

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Theresa May ‘under investigation re Brexit profits’

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Theresa May’s woeful start to her General Election campaign – which has seen Labour gainthirteen percentage points in voting intention polls – looks set to become a full-blown disaster.

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Reports are beginning to emerge from multiple sources suggesting that Mrs May is under investigation by the Property and Ethics group of the Cabinet Office in connection with an alleged failure to declare an enormous conflict of interest on Brexit related to profits of billions of pounds said to have been made by her husband’s investment-banking company in Brexit-related activities, as these tweets by political commentators suggest:

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Labour slashes Tory lead by a further FIVE points in two days

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As the SKWAWKBOX covered on Thursday, a singleweek of General Election campaigning – with Corbyn taking the streets by storm and Theresa May hiding in empty factories or speaking to a handful of acolytes in strictly stage-managed settings – saw the Tories’ polling lead over Labour fall by a huge eight points.

Today a new poll, announced just minutes ago by Britain Elects, shows a further fall – from 16 percentage points to 11 – in just two days:

voting intention 290417.pngClearly the voting public is starting to recognise in Corbyn an authentic Prime Minister in waiting when they see one – and to see through Theresa May’s media-spun ’emperor’s new clothes’ to the unfit, unelected has-been behind the spin.

It seems all the momentum is Corbyn’s and Labour’s.

The battle is just beginning, but it’s becoming clearer every day just why Theresa May’s keepers are keeping her out…

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“Amazed how nervous she was” – why .@theresa_may really won’t debate ‘GE17

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A Dudley pensioner’s encounter may have given us the key to the real reason that Theresa ‘Chicken’ May has ducked (sorry to mix bird words) out of any debates with other party leaders.

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As the local paper the Express and Star revealed, Graham Mills was unimpressed when he met the current Prime Minister while mowing his lawn:

I was cutting my grass at the time when I saw a load of cars pull up and she came towards me.

First of all she asked if she could walk across my lawn and I said no, not really, I have just cut it.

I started by asking her why she would not debate the other leaders on the TV and she said ‘well we meet every Wednesday’ and I said that is hardly an answer and asked if she thought she owed it to the public. Again I did not really…

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A ‘Freaky Sunday’ tale of two polls shows why only one means anything: #GE17

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The front pages of two of Sunday’s newspapers tell a remarkable story. It’s not the story either of them is trying to tell:

two pollsThe picture is extremely murky and difficult to unpick. The Daily Mirror is traditionally a Labour newspaper, but its recent history is one of attacking Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn. In a General Election campaign, the supposedly left-wing tabloid is carrying a front page featuring a poll that supposedly shows the Tories reaching 50% in an opinion poll.

The Daily Mail is a poisonous right-wing publication that delights in trashing the Labour Party, has a history of supporting British fascism and fawning over Theresa May. It carries a poll showing that the Tory lead has halved almost overnight because of the Tories’ chaos and hubris over planned tax-increases.

In other words, it’s almost as if the two had undergone a ‘Freaky Friday’-type mind-swap, with each behaving as you…

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Wipe the smile off her face – and get YOUR future back

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This is aimed at the young people of Britain. It begins with an apology and, like all good marketing pitches and therapeutic interventions, ends with a call to action.

First, the apology. You have been let down by your parents’ and grandparents’ generations. They – we, though some of us have tried to stop it – have gradually dismantled much of what made this country great. And in doing so, they have poisoned your future.

They have told you there is no alternative to a country where the public services that my generation took for granted as we grew up are rapidly consigned to the bin, where the NHS and education are starved of funds, where inequality continues to grow, where secure well-paid jobs become harder and harder to find, where pensions (yes, even you will one day need something to live on when you get older) are stolen from…

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