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Switching – off.

In response to today’s announcement by SSE of an 8.2% “average increase” to energy prices:

Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said he was “disappointed” by SSE’s decision to increase energy prices.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: “I would encourage all customers to look again at their tariffs and see whether they can switch to a cheaper tariff.”

He added the long-term answer to high energy bills was “more competition and encouraging consumers to shop around”.
BBC News Website 10 October 2013 SSE to raise gas and electricity prices by 8.2%

He seems to think that this is a “simple” operation, but what he does not realise is that competition is not working and “shopping around” is next to impossible. Read more…

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Energy Companies: too big to control?

The energy companies are vigorously complaining that Ed Miliband’s proposal to freeze energy prices would mean lack of investment and a chance that the economy would grind to a halt as we started to have black out – like in the ‘bad old days’? Read more…

What makes you a Socialist!!??

… on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, the Labour leader made clear that he is ready to fix prices in other markets: “If competition fails, and if there is evidence it has failed in particular markets, should the regulator act? And if the regulator fails, as has happened in this market, should government act? Absolutely.”

His opponents will say – and are saying already – that this is a shift to the left, an old fashioned Labour reliance on the state to solve all ills.
James Landale BBC blog 25 September 2013 Energy price freeze: A political winner?

Well, let’s try the alternative. Read more…

Conference Mischief: Andrew Neil compares Centrica to Tesco!

On today’s Daily Politics (BBC2 25 September 2013) Andrew Neil is working hard (I think he may have been briefed by the energy lobby’s guardian angel – or should that be knight in shining armour?) in his interview with Stephen Twigg. I think he (AN) thinks he is the story – unfortunately he is making his attitude the story. Read more…

Conference Mischief: Energising Labour

On PM tonight (Radio 4 17:00 24 September) Douglas Alexander was being goaded by the interviewer as to whether some of the policies announced by Ed Miliband during his speech this afternoon “represented Socialism”. The interviewer, Eddie Mair, I think, was particularly concerned that the Energy Price Freeze was actually the re-introduction of Socialist Price Controls. Shock Horror! Read more…

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