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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 March 2010
Nationalise the energy giants
THE ENERGY companies are screwing workers by refusing to slash bills, even though wholesale prices have fallen in the last year.
Over the last month alone they've pillaged an extra £100 out of every household budget.
These facts were reported as headlines on the TV news, but for most of us it was akin to hearing that bosses aren't there to look after workers. Tell us some real news!
Of course, Labour's energy minister Ed Miliband didn't declare that this profiteering was the final straw and the government was going to immediately take the entire sector back into public ownership. Instead, he urged the private companies to think about consumers' rights. The energy watchdog Ofgem echoed his whimpering appeal but proposed... nothing!
Anger at the energy and utility companies' behaviour is almost palpable. After banks they're the most hated by ordinary people.
Yet the weak and inept Labour ministers cannot even comprehend that the announcement of a proposal to renationalise British Gas, Scottish Power and the rest of these modern highwaymen would send their poll ratings into the stratosphere.
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In The Socialist 3 March 2010:
Fighting for jobs, services and conditions
PCS: All Out to Defend Jobs and Services
Stop council cuts
Youth fight for jobs
Invest in jobs, education & Training
Cut the working hours, not the jobs!
Portsmouth students and workers unite to fight cuts
Brighton students say: Save our nursery
EMA inadequacy impacts badly on students
International socialist news and analysis
Building action across Europe
Greece - millions take part in general strike
Spain: Thousands join mass demonstrations
Socialist Party news and analysis
The fairytale world of RBS
Nationalise the energy giants
Activists launch socialist challenge
Walsgrave hospital Coventry: Stop the parking charges rip-off
Socialist Party workplace news
Where is the BA cabin crew dispute going?
Smash the bosses' construction blacklist!
Leeds lecturers win concessions - but cuts remain to be fought
Workplace news: In brief
Unison general secretary election: Nominate Roger Bannister
Legal ruling exposes hypocrisy of Unison leadership
The Socialist Interview
FBU general secretary speaks to The Socialist
Socialist Party women
Women will be at the fore in the fightback!
Global media monster News International condemned
The hounding of Tommy Sheridan
Savage cuts planned at the Beeb
Supporters should own Pompey, not developers
Socialist Party feature
The worldwide thievery of big business
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