Do we actually have any Tories left these days

The Big Six energy firms have been asked to freeze prices by the Government until the middle of 2015, it was reported last night.

The Government is calling for energy firms to commit to an immediate freeze on prices as part of a deal that could cut bills for families across the country.


The country is looking for £100 billion to be invested in the energy generation and distribution system over the next couple of decades. And the idiots are calling for price freezes?

10 thoughts on “Do we actually have any Tories left these days”

  1. I wonder if the average German shareholder in RWE would volunteer to lose money in order to help the coalition parties in the 2015 election.
    Colour me cynical, but I suspect not.

  2. I guess the focus on freezing prices will make it even easier for them to hold prices up if wholesale costs fall, so they could even gain.

  3. Sounds like the big eeevil energy companies have a whip hand over the current government. Lefties should be pleased that it’s not just Murdoch anymore.

  4. I sometimes wonder if the Conservatives haven’t, in fact, become a sort of National Socialist outfit. They (say they) don’t want to control the means of production (as in State ownership) but they do appear to want to have Big State control of it in a similar way to the control Germany’s National Socialists exerted over the major German industrial companies of the 1930’s. In the same way, they want to exert control over the populace by dictating what’s right and wrong and by controlling who can do what and say what and think what. Government by diktat, with stick and carrot to encourage compliance with a populist agenda.

    Not trying to prove Godwin’s Law here, but the Conservative Party has become unrecognisable to many of us who once believed that they weren’t perfect by any means, but nevertheless infinitely preferable to The Other Lot.

  5. formertory,

    Cam is a fan of Macmillan. He’s revived that patrician, one-nation Conservative view of looking after the poor by giving them things rather than liberating them. It makes different sounds to socialism, but the end result is quite similar.

  6. @ Tim Almond
    Can you actually remember the MacMillan years or did you study them as school as part of modern history? SuperMac metamorphosed from a hardworking competent junior minister generally overlooked by the public to a political star with his “bonfire of controls” as Minister for Housing. The 50s and early 60s were a time of increasing freedom, reducing tax rates accompanied by increasing prosperity and real incomes. Among the more memorable, albeit less globally significant, achievements of his premiership was the abolition of duty on home-brewed beer and the accompanying snoopers.
    MacMillan’s speech in the 30s that the problem with unemployment was not lack of work but lack of income – the upper classes called it leisure – meant that he supported unemployment pay (and increased old age pensions but without Socialist means testing) but the “disregard” for small amounts of income from casual odd jobs meant that there was no disincentive for the unemployed to earn an honest penny or shilling – a far cry from the bureaucratic nightmare and 70+% tax rate for those on working tax credits today.

  7. a couple of nights ago a chap I was talking to said that he had been discussing energy and computing with some *very* senior IT industry figures and one of them pointed out that at the current rate of increase London will be unable to power all the PCs, servers, smart TVs and so on within seven (yes, seven) years

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