Big Six mounts offensive against Labour – just don’t mention Libor!

Day Two of the Big Six‘s powerful lobbying offensive against Labour started in stealth mode this morning with The Telegraph implanting the suggestion that government policies, put in place by Ed Miliband when he was Energy Secretary, are responsible for rising energy prices, with the headline: Energy bill breakdown: the government gets more in tax than … Continue reading Big Six mounts offensive against Labour – just don’t mention Libor!

Energy bills – what happened to the missing 23 percent?

Today’s announcement that Labour will freeze household energy bills if they win the next election has the energy companies up in arms. So how is television news reporting it? Are they presenting the facts accurately and impartially, as broadcasting regulations demand? Or are they presenting them in a way that makes one side appear more … Continue reading Energy bills – what happened to the missing 23 percent?

Labour promises price freeze, energy companies threaten power cuts!

Just minutes after Labour promises to freeze energy bills the energy companies strike back with threats of power cuts and even bigger bills! Labour says the energy giants have overcharged customers £3.9bn since 2010. “The system is broken and we’re going to fix it,” Ed Miliband told the Labour Party conference in Brighton just before … Continue reading Labour promises price freeze, energy companies threaten power cuts!

Perversions made possible by the machine age

Have just been rereading George Orwell’s essay, Benefit of Clergy, a critique of Salvador Dali’s autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dali.           “As a record of fantasy, of the perversion of instinct that has been made possible by the machine age, it has great value.” That set me thinking. What kind of perversion is … Continue reading Perversions made possible by the machine age