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Going Public

There is bound to be a better place for this comment, but I was so outraged that it has to come here while I think of a better site.
Here in the UK we have just had one of the clearest and most shocking examples of the power of vested interests you could wish for. Many hundreds of thousands of us live in fuel poverty, the old and sick often have to choose between food and warmth in the winter. The power companies are run for shareholders.
When David Cameron, Tory Prime Minster, wants to raise revenue, he withdraws housing benefit from people who have a spare room. A few liberals complain, no one takes any notice. Of course we can't subsidise spare rooms they all say. Never mind that we are talking about people's homes, and that it is a well documented fact that people forced to move house rarely thrive, and that the people most vociferously backing this policy live in houses that could accommodate three or four families easily. Never mind that since they implemented the policy the main result has been poor people falling into rent arrears, usually for the first time in their lives.
So how about the other side of the coin...........
No one could call Ed Milliband, the Labour leader, a radical but when he promises to freeze fuel prices for twenty months, OVERNIGHT, the result is that the power companies tell us they will TURN OUT THE LIGHTS IF THEY CAN'T SQUEEZE MORE MONEY OUT OF US!!!!!
I cannot use enough exclamation marks. I am sick of it.


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Sep. 25th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
I wish I could say "unbelievable!" but I believe it all too well. I just started reading news this morning to discover that the head of AIG (this huge insurer here in the States that got a sweet deal with a government bailout a few years ago) just compared public outrage over enormous corporate bonuses to -- no, really! -- lynchings during the Jim Crow era. I guess the bright side is that now I'm awake and fired up for the day, without the second round of coffee...
Sep. 25th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's that stark realisation that they will always win :(
Sep. 25th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
YES, THIS. I agree with you absolutely and entirely re: the government. I am sick to death of it too.
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