Less than a week after British Gas topped the energy price league, beating rivals SSE by a comfortable 12% margin to set a new high of 9.2%, Npower surges an extra 13% ahead of British Gas and a spectacular 27% ahead of SSE to set a new record of 10.4%
Why would any company want to do that? Competitors are supposed to win customers by lowering prices, not by driving them up! Unless they knew something the rest of us didn’t know: that by the time we’d struggled through the maze of tariffs we’d find ourselves stuck between a rock and a hard place.
If final proof were needed that privatization doesn’t work, this should have been it. So why didn’t we get the message? Why did we just shrug and move on? Continue reading Npower hikes energy bills 10.4% – are they trying to take the pi$$?
And so the plot thickens! Two weeks after the energy companies threatened power cuts if they can’t raise prices, and just one day after SSE hiked their prices a staggering 8.2%, the President of the British Academy, Baron Stern of Brentford, tells BBC News that the media are conspiring with energy companies to mislead the public:
There is currently a concerted campaign to mislead the British public about the factors that are driving up consumers’ electricity and gas bills.Baron Stern of Brentford, BBC News, 11 October 2013
That much was already clear from our own analysis of the news over the past few weeks, but it’s nice to have it confirmed by a President of the Royal Society, former Chief Economist of the World Bank and a Baron no less!
But there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that the conspiracy goes much deeper than Lord Stern cares to admit. As the former Chief Economist of the World Bank he’s a member of the global elite, and there’s plenty of reasons why they might want to manipulate energy markets and mislead the public on a much wider scale.
Continue reading Media and energy companies conspire to ‘mislead’ says President of the British Academy
30 kilos of plutonium went missing from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in 2003/4 according to the BBC News this morning. That’s enough to make 7 atom bombs! So where did it go?
Continue reading 30 kg plutonium missing from Sellafield nuclear plant
A Calculated Risk
Radio Times, 19 April 1978
Tonight Brass Tacks examines some of the calculated risks involved in the development of nuclear power.
If the predictions of the nuclear industry are correct we can look forward to limitless cheap energy, economic growth and an increasingly powerful role in world affairs. If, however, the predictions of the opponents of nuclear power are correct, there is serious cause for concern. The dangers of the creation of plutonium in large quantities in conditions of increasing world unrest are genuine and serious. We should not rely for energy supply on a process that produces such hazardous substances as plutonium unless there is no reasonable alternative.
*First ever TV programme to enable multimedia audience participation with live local radio phone-ins nationwide.
**The only TV programme to examine the long-term health effects of increasing radiation in the environment from nuclear power and reprocessing plants.
***No clips of this programme are available as the BBC wiped the tapes shortly after it was transmitted!
Continue reading A Calculated Risk, Brass Tacks, BBC2 (1978)