Adam Lovejoy reports from London: As Energy Secretary Ed Davey reveals to the wide-eyed nation that he has a dream of introducing a system that would allow British consumers to switch energy providers in 24 hours’ – yes, that would be very quick indeed if Ed gets his ‘ambition’, as he called it, fulfilled – Stirring Trouble can reveal that the move would on most occasion result in people paying pretty much the same amount of money as before, if not more, as the switch might involve hidden charges and loss of credit on the old account. But it would still be fun, obviously, as customers would experience a sense of joy at ‘punishing the greedy bastards’, i.e. their current providers.
The beauty of the situation is that the energy companies, the regulators and the government are all in this together, playing silly games with consumers while energy prices rise, even though the costs of buying energy wholesale falls, like it is happening at the moment. The easy way out of it, considering that all energy companies in Britain are run by revolting looking thugs who are only obsessed with profit, is to create a state-owned corporation that would set the price levels and force the private dodgy operators to follow suit – or lose their customers. This is so simple that it’s hard to understand why it hasn’t been done already. The other great move would be to sack the lot at the regulator, Ofgem, and put all the people working there on trial for corruption and collusion with energy companies. It would be a good example for all other regulators who are doing pretty much the same as Ofgem and letting big companies and banks off the hook.
And then there are the politicians, who are now pretending to care for people unable to pay their rising heating bills, only because the elections are approaching menacingly. The current creeps in power have been presiding over the energy scam for the past three and a half years and it didn’t bother them in the slightest that around 30,000 pensioners died each winter from cold. So to trust these lowlifes now to do anything would be very stupid. They would lie through the teeth and the only possible way of forcing them to do anything would be to appeal to the United Nations to introduce a no-fly zone over Downing Street and Westminster and provide humanitarian aid to save the innocent civilians from the Cameron regime. (I hope you notice the similarities here with Libya.)
But as it won’t work really, the only thing left to do is to keep on switching providers and getting as much fun as possible out of it. That would be it really.