CAMPAIGN NEEDED NOW FOR PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF GAS AND ELECTRICITY COMPANIES

Some time ago I wrote a blog calling for the municipalization of the fuel companies. However this message has taken on a far greater urgency with the outrageous announcement yesterday by SSE that the costs of its energy bills will increase by 8% in the next year. This means that the average SSE customer fuel bills will rise to £1380.00 for the next year.

Now for people like Camreron, Boris Johnson and other ruling class politicians these figures mean nothing. But for many ordinary working class people, the poor people on social security benefits and senior citizens these fuel price increases can be a matter of life and death.

Speaking on a personal level I hourly look a my fuel meter to see how much gas I am using and I do not have my gas central heating on as much as I would like to on a cold winter day. I am sure that this situation applies on an even greater level to people on low fixed incomes and speaking for myself this is just not acceptable.

In my opinion the reason for these huge gas price hikes is to maintain the huge profits for the fuel companies. To resolve this state of affairs there is in my opinion only one solution the public ownership of the gas and electricity companies this would take the need for profit out of new public owned companies agenda. So the fuel could be provided to the general public much cheaper.

The Labour party leader Ed Miliband by calling for a freeze on gas price increases has already accepted the need to a certain extent for government regulation of the fuel companies. However we need to take this further with a massive campaign for public ownership of the fuel companies.

Opinion polls show that 75% of the population support public ownership of the railways. So I feel it would be quite easy to win majority public support for public ownership of the fuel companies.

The best way to do this is I feel resolutions to national trade unions headquarters calling for the TUC to launch a public campaign for public ownership of the fuel companies.

In conclusion the situation is urgent. So lets get the campaign on the road straight away. Have a nice weekend all.

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