Fuel prices are rising again. What a surprise. Another of the so called big six energy companies raises their prices just before the winter. These companies have us over a barrel and boy do they know it.
So fuel prices are rising again. What a shocker. We enter the winter and all of a sudden,surprise surprise,comes a fuel price hike. We get the usual excuses. Its not our fault,the cost of buying has risen Excuse my french but I smell bullshit. Why does it need to rise EVERY year? And just because the cost of buying has risen,why does it NEED to be passed on to the consumer? And why does EVERY energy company feel the need to raise their prices at the same time? Now I am a miserable old cynic. I am convinced they are all in collaberation with each other. If two raise their prices but the others dont then it makes sense that consumers will switch to the lower priced companies. In my opinion,less profit per customer but more customers = more profit. Sounds simple enough to me. Im not an economics whizz,far from it,but that’s the way I see it. But no. By sheer coincidence they all need to raise the price together. And they think we are so stupid we wont notice or figure out that they are probably(I use this word because I have no actual proof but you get the idea) all in it together. The boss of ovo energy has stated in a recent parlimentary review (another toothless joke. Does anyone REALLY believe the government will stand up to these companies?) that the cost of buying is way cheaper than these fat cats will have us believe. These companies make 100s of millions of pounds profit every YEAR. Can’t the rising cost be taken from the profits? Oh no,wait. Silly me. We can’t do thaaat. Those poor shareholders will not get as big a dividend. The poor big bosses will not get their bonus. So we,the poor consumer,have to bear the brunt. More and more people are turning to pay day loans(such as Wonga) loan sharks(like the scary guys in backstreet pubs) and adult webcam sites. And its pointless either asking or expecting the government to do anything. They need to protect these companies to preserve their own interests. These companies “donate” millions to campaign funds and if they get a hard time from the government they will stop paying. So ordinary Joe bloggs suffers while the rich get richer and the poor get trodden on. We all need to rise up together and every single person with ,say Scottish Power,needs to switch to someone else. If no one uses scottish power they will be forced to lower their prices. They will get more customers than ever before back and all other companies will have to lower their prices too. It sounds so simple but it need EVERYONE to do it. These companies know that people are lazy. Switching is too much like hard work. So they continue to pay over the odds. But if everyone moved,then you would be surprised just how low the price would get.
WE AS A NATION OF CONSUMERS HOLD THE POWER.IT’S THE ILLUSION WE ALLOW THE BIG COMPANIES TO HAVE THAT THEY HOLD THE POWER. ITS TIME TO STAND AND BE COUNTED. TILL THEN,ALL THE MOANING IN THE WORLD WONT STOP THEM TREATING US LIKE MORONS
Austerity measures. A phrase and way of life that has been forced on us by this government in the wake of the global financial meltdown. But its not working. In fact,its making things worse.
AUSTERITY MEASURES-TIME FOR A RETHINK
Austerity measures were brought in by David Cameron when his government took office. It is the only way to get this country back on its feet we were told. We cant keep spending money,cuts are needed they said. Everyone can see that in theory this is right. If you have little money,you rein in the spending. Its only common sense. But this government seems to be determined to make sure the working class pay for the mistakes by the bankers and polititicons while the very people who caused the financial crisis in the first place still continue to live the life of reilly. I give you the fat cats at Royal bank of Scotland as an example. They almost went belly up and had to be bailed out with taxpayers money to the tune of £163 BILLION! A mind boggling amount of money. But why did the taxpayer (ie you and I) need to pay this in the first place? As a taxpayer,I dont recall being asked if I wanted to pay the initial amount of £5 billion. And even after this bailout they STILL awarded themselves millions of pounds in bonus money. Then they asked the taxpayer(well,the prime minister) for more. AND HE GAVE THEM IT! Yet while this is going on,we are being told that cut after cut is required and more and more money is cut from things like the police force,fire service and the nhs. But still the bankers,who caused the worldwide collapse of the financal sector in the first place,are carrying on as if nothing has happened. And that idiot wanted to force a sale through at a cut down price! So bankers continue to get their £50k bonus(although why they get a bonus when the company makes a loss is beyond me) and disabled people are being “assessed” to get them back to work. There are no jobs thanks to your austerity measures Mr Cameron!!! Any body can see that yet this government continues to push on with the ridiculous idea. Now I am first in line when it comes to stopping benefit claiments to people with no interest in even looking for a job or claiming disability when they are perfectly healthy and are just at it but when a man who is blind,deaf AND dumb can be told he is fit for work then it is perfectly obvious that there is some sort of bonus in place for the amount of money cut from peoples benefit. Austerity measures are not working. Rather than give £163 billion to prop up RBS and £140 million to ATOS,the disabled assessment company,and the countless millions in banker bonus,that money should be put to stopping cuts from front line services. I’m not saying cuts should not happen. Its a sad fact of life. But take and make cuts from the right places. Things are bad for people. You only need to look at the number of people now working on the adult webcam industry. And until this government gets its priorities right,things will continue to go this way.
Tax avoidance schemes. Till this government and our prime minister stops looking after their millionaire pals and start looking out for the country as a whole we will never get out of the mess we are in and the ordinary working man will continue to bear the brunt of this current financial meltdown of the world
TAX AVOIDANCE – PAY YOUR WAY
Hello there and welcome to fortnum145,a domain name I bought because it was set up to highlight the cause of the fortnum 145,a group of people(145 surprise surprise!) who were arrested in fortnum & masons a few years ago for protesting about fortnum & masons tax avoidance schemes and i wanted to keep the fight for the right to protest and for everyone and every company to pay their proper way in this country. These people had peacefully occupied the premises of a company which paid little tax in this country yet 145 of them were arrested by police. They were simply implementing their right to protest. But typical government. You only have the right if they decide they like it. if they dont,they use the police like its own private security group to arrest everyone and keep the working stiffs in line. A classic example of the government of this country looking after the toffs and sod the working man. We are constantly getting told that we need to be taxed to the eyeballs and that we need to bear the brunt of brutal cuts all in the name of austerity. Yet the government STILL to this day comes out with more and more ways for the big companies and all its friends to pay litle or no tax. I have always maintained that the more money you earn the less tax you pay but companies like fortnum,vodaphone,amazon and the like really take the cake. these companies make tens of millions of pounds a year yet pay only a handful of thousand in tax. They get hand out after handout from the government,dont pay tax and who foots the bill? the ordinary working man. We need to stop being a nation of moaners. Those in power will always treat us with disdain and contempt till we say “enough” and start taking action to highlight all the backdoor dodges used by these companies,fully backed and supported by our government. The fortnum145 were simply using their right to protest. Im never one for believing the usual cries of “we didnt do anything,we were peaceful and the police were brutal and oppresive”. I usually take suh things with a pinch of salt. But the fact the police themselves ere not accused of being heavy handed and that they admitted the protesters were peaceful and calm tells me quite clearly the government had a hand in oppressing its own people,to keep the big companies happy. To show other companies the ordinary plebs will be dealt with if they dare to protest at thier tax avoidance while being forced with austerity measures. More groups like the fortnum145 are needed and this government needs to forget about back slapping and ass kissing their millionaire pals and start taxing these companies properly and relieving the stress and strain to the working man. Yes,tax schemes are needed to bringcompanies to britain. Its the way the world works. But this tory government seems like it wont be happy till the working stiff pays every spare penny in tax and the bg companies pay nothing.
Its time to stand up and be counted. Moaning to your friends and wrting a short letter to the letters page of the daily rag will get us nowhere. Stand up and be counted like the fortnum145. Without people like them,this government will continue to opresse us