R.F. Wilson reports from London: Spontaneous celebrations are breaking out all over Britain at the news that in 2014 millions of people stand to save – wait for it – up to fifty quid on heating bills. That’s a massive 4 quid a month and a staggering one quid a week. If anyone needed any proof that Britain was on the mend and the coalition government was listening to the people, then this is it.
In some towns and cities people came out on the streets, praising Prime Minister David Cameron and his coalition for the way they didn’t surrender to the greedy energy providers, saving the lives of thousands and providing them with so much needed savings. Lots of warm words were said about Energy Secretary Ed Davey, a shy, unassuming man, who before the announcement of cutting heating bills was often mistaken for his long lost twin sister, who looks exactly like him, including the same hairstyle, and toils in the energy sector.
In some parts of Britain pensioners and single mothers celebrated the news about the cuts in heating bills by actually switching on the heating at their homes, most for the first time this year, and showing two fingers to cynics who were predicting that the coalition was going to do nothing about the crisis with the heating costs going through the roof. One pensioner in Sheffield even did the unthinkable and kept hot water running for over a minute – just for hell of it.
And that’s not all. Starting from next year the government’s Warm Home Discount initiative will be adding a couple of quid here and there to people, raising the savings on heating bills by an additional four or five quid a year and releasing more money for households to splash on things that really matter. Like matches and candles, for example, that come in handy in the winter.
Some sceptics who like to talk about doom and gloom are saying that the massive savings for consumers will only last till spring 2015, when the country goes to the polls, but then will disappear as the energy providers will no longer feel obliged to play along with the government. But these are economic recovery deniers, people who are never happy with anything. So who cares what they say!
And if you add the latest great news about slashing heating bills with the plan to cap payday lenders’ interest rates, from 5000 per cent to a reasonable 4000 per cent, you can imagine the joy that has gripped the nation, anticipating some serious shopping sprees next year.
What is there not to like in a liberal democracy?