When the lights go out

Thirty years ago, the supply and distribution of UK electricity was privatised, three years’ after the same had happened to gas services. Since then, with considerable restructuring and consolidation, the dominant energy companies – the ‘big six’: Centrica plc (British Gas), EDF Energy, E.ON, SSE, Scottish Power and Npower – now all supply gas asContinue reading “When the lights go out”

High Court says “No”

Whereas most people, across the political spectrum, have little problem with the principles behind, and the overall objectives for, Universal Credit, there is also almost universal contempt for the way in which the successive Conservative governments have sought to implement it. There are two basic problems. The first is that, for a range of historicalContinue reading “High Court says “No””

Too little, too late, never safe

Too little, too late, never safe Today’s newspapers report that, for the first time ever, the average waiting-time to see a GP has exceeded 15 days. It is nine years since David Cameron asserted “The NHS is safe under the Conservatives” – probably the sickest (sic) political joke this century. That ‘Conservative safety’ has resultedContinue reading “Too little, too late, never safe”

Landing in the right place.

For far too long, we have built too few homes at a price which people can afford. As a result, homelessness, hidden homelessness, over-crowding, families and individuals occupying unsatisfactory housing or living in insecure tenancies have all increased. It has a massive impact on employment, on schooling, on social care and on the housing benefitsContinue reading “Landing in the right place.”