Recent events in British politics have shown how confused our public is on the issue of the role of the state versus that of the market and indeed of society, something that political leaders and officials at local and national level probably experience every day.
It's time to tackle the real problems. The wholesale cost of energy is the main component of our energy bills, it has gone up significantly and will continue to do so, and we can't change that. What we can do is stop wasting energy by improving our energy efficiency, and supply more from secure renewable sources. And with serious investment in these areas now, we can achieve lower energy bills in future.
On Saturday nearly eight million households will start paying the price for David Cameron's failure to stand up to the energy companies...
Last week, EDF became the fifth of the 'Big Six' energy providers to announce an increase in energy costs for consumers this autumn. It's now a regular occurrence that energy price hikes cause anger among UK consumers, followed by stern words from political leaders.
Labour's campaign goes much further than the price freeze. Only implementing a two year price freeze would simply be an immature and irrelevant policy. The main aim is to fix up the energy market which in its present form is exploiting consumers.
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Russell Brand told us it was time for a revolution. And we can see the logic to his reasoning. People are suffering as never before, through no desire or fault of their own. And when the Appeal Court twice in one week have deemed government action illegal - over aspects of the NHS privatisation and on Workfare - it could seem that now is as good a time as any to revolt.
Energy companies should be more transparent and structured in the way they justify price increases. The disparity between what Ofgem and the energy companies have said has left the latter in an awkward position. The four energy firms that have announced price hikes so far, have said that the rises are due to increasing wholesale prices, and the cost of transporting energy to homes.
What did you do with your extra hour last Sunday? If Instagram were to be believed, I'd hazard a guess it was working on your Halloween costume. Yep, forget Christmas, if there's a 'festival' worth getting dressed up for, Halloween appears to be very much it... with us Brits having taken a cue from our American cousins and embraced the event with gusto this year. Away from pumpkins and cat costumes, it was a toss up this week as to who got the biggest fright.
Ed Davey announced today that he intends to up the competitive ante by enabling consumers to switch energy suppliers within a 24 hour timeframe, thus increasing market activity and forcing better value.
Four in 10 people have told us they can't reduce energy use any further as they have already cut down as much as they can. In addition, three in 10 say they don't know how they will heat their homes this winter. Now, Which? has calculated that up to £1.8bn per year could be shaved off consumer costs.
Last week's GDP figures are undoubtedly good in that there is a return to overall growth. The problem is that once you examine the data there is little to demonstrate that we have moved away from reliance on precisely the sectors and behaviour that got us into the financial mess in the first place.
There is a case to be made for free-market economics in the consumer sector, as competition is promoted, but we should not be surprised to see monopolies or oligopolies forming in sectors that require substantial infrastructure investment.
Profiteering by the energy companies is no longer a moral issue it is quite literally an issue of life and death for the most vulnerable in society, currently facing the winter with the dread of people who've just been handed a death sentence. Each year over 7,000 people perish in Britain as a direct result of fuel poverty. This is before the most recent price hike.
Two countries, two approaches to shale gas extraction. Fracking has helped the US overtake Russia as the world's biggest natural gas producer. In France, however, the constitutional court ruled earlier this month that a government's ban on shale gas drilling was legal and not disproportionate.
I fail to see how Miliband wouldn't have seen this coming, which makes it easy to view any promise to freeze prices as the worst kind of populist politics, attempting to curry favour from voters with total disregard for the consequences. If Miliband is out for total control of the energy companies, why does he not re-nationalise them?