Here’s the problem with the binary choice that both the Conservatives and Keir Starmer’s Tepid Tories insist that voters in the UK have: it asks you to choose between options you don’t want.
The example here is energy bills. The Tories say the cost of energy is rising and you have to pay it. Labour has countered by saying they would impose measures to make that cost lower than the Tories would.
But Labour – under Starmer – is trying to deceive you with a tactic known as “Relative Privation”.
Here’s The Agitator to explain:
Note that 'lower' [than Tories] is not the same as affordable.
— The Agitator (@Agitate4Change) January 9, 2022
A tax on oil and gas producers would only induce them to increase our bills even more so that we cover the cost and their shareholders don’t take a hit; this is a natural consequence of handing control of a monopoly over to private companies.
And improving homes with insulation or by using better building methods – both of which are measures for which Insulate Britain has been campaigning and which are therefore anathema to the Tory government – would make those dwellings more expensive to future buyers, pushing home ownership even further beyond the reach of most people (which is not to say that Insulate Britain are wrong; the issue is about providing these features affordably).
The answer to the problem of our energy bills is, of course, re-nationalisation.
With the energy companies back under state control, the government could dictate the price we pay to heat our homes and subsidise the difference between that and the cost of the fuel until such time as it reduced – or until the government was able to provide energy using a different fuel source.
And perhaps it would be worth reminding you that people like This Writer’s parents, who installed solar power collectors on the roof of their home many years ago, haven’t paid a penny for their energy in years; the National Grid pays them for the power they supply into it.
So, if successive governments had supported a national campaign for domestic homes to install solar power, the UK would not be facing this problem now.
They didn’t because they were all neoliberal twits who wanted poor people to enrich the shareholders of the privatised energy firms (one-third of which are owned by foreign governments, if I recall correctly).
Why should we accept two bad choices? Why aren’t you demanding re-nationalisation of energy and a mass project to generate cheap, clean energy?
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