Wednesday 19 April 2023

Supply and Demand

What is to stop an outright ban on the forced installation of prepayment meters and on remote switching? In fact, how is the permissibility of either of those even a question? Just ban them. Now.

The same product, via the same wires or pipes, cannot possibly cost different amounts from different companies. Never mind from the same company, but on different tariffs. The utilities are currently delivered by cartels of pretend competitors. The solution is obvious.

No political will, you say? Well, when I tell you that there is going to be a hung Parliament, then you can take that to the bank. I spent the 2005 Parliament saying that it was psephologically impossible for the Heir to Blair’s Conservative Party to win an overall majority. I predicted a hung Parliament on the day that the 2017 General Election was called, and I stuck to that, entirely alone, all the way up to the publication of the exit poll eight long weeks later. And on the day that Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister, I predicted that a General Election between him and Keir Starmer would result in a hung Parliament.

To strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty, we need to hold the balance of power. Owing nothing to either main party, we must be open to the better offer. There does, however, need to be a better offer. Not a lesser evil, which in any case the Labour Party is not.


  1. The people running the utility companies have Keir Starmer's base written all over them.

    1. Like the Liberal Democrats but unlike the Conservatives, Labour is constitutionally committed to this economic model.