……..so sang The Sex Pistols. Well I think that if our unelected government doesn’t sit up and take note really soon, many people will have no real choice but to turn to anarchy.
Fuel in every form is increasing in cost by the second. Be it petrol or diesel for your car, gas for your heating or electricity for your lights, it is increasing faster than inflation. A lot faster.
Centrica announced this week that it anticipates that come winter, gas prices will increase by 25%! Yes, I said 25%. Who is increasing the price by a quarter? Damn sure the workers on the oil rigs haven’t had a 25% pay rise so if this isn’t blatant profiteering then what is it? In 2008 when oil prices were rising by the hour the fuel stations had no qualms in putting the fuel price up twice a day. When crude oil prices fell, they weren’t so fast, blaming the fact they were buying fuel six months in advance.
Now I don’t object to paying for petrol. I object to paying over 60% tax on the petrol.
Back to The Sex Pistols or at least, the song. Our government seem blind to what is happening to the man (or woman) on the street. Apparently in you listen to our millionaire prime minister (you know, the one 60% of the population voted against in the election) we are all in this together. Okay, then give me some of your money Dave.
You see, I think that if the general population continue to struggle to pay bills because energy companies and the government continue to screw them over, whilst seeing valuable services cut and banks bailed out to the tune of millions while expense fiddling MPs fail to be held to account for their disrespectful (to the taxpayer) behaviour, I think it won’t be long before people march on Downing Street with pitch forks and torches. And who can blame them, certainly not me.
AV or not AV
Well since I last blogged we had the referendum on the alternative vote system. Now I won’t go into the ins and outs of how AV would have worked, it’s a moot point now. I will however offer my opinion as to why AV was proposed by the Tories as the alternative to First Past the Post.
A point (and there aren’t many) where I agree with the Tory Lite party (formerly the Liberal Democrats) is that the ideal basis for electoral reform would have been to move to a system of Proportional Representation. PR is simple. 43% of the population that vote vote for your party. Your party get 43% of the seats in parliament.
The Tories wanted AV to be proposed as the alternative the FPTP as they hoped that once the blue media publications started to confuse the general public by making AV out to be far more complex then it was, many people would stick with the devil they knew (and weren’t confused by) and vote to keep the existing system. That’s my theory anyway.