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Require tariffs to be cut so that if each household paid the same proportion of its income in energy cost none would be in fuel poverty

No one should ever be charged more than 10% of their income in energy bills? Really? Can’t he see how that would be gamed?

No, no, says the Duke, the electricity bill for the pile is in her name and she’s a pensioner!

22 thoughts on “Eh?”

  1. And the energy just magically appears with no one having to pay for the fuel or the power stations?
    Nationalising them just means its the governement that cannot pay for the fuel or the power stations.

    Spud seems extremely dense, trying to solve a supply problem by subsidising demand.
    Berk.

    More wind turbines up his arse, that’ll do it!

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    As TtC says, he’s moved from not understanding 2nd and higher order effects to not even considering direct consequences.

    I suppose his next step will be some sort of needs based rationing, with him as chair of the commission that does out energy allowances, with no thought whatsoever how it could be implemented.

  3. I thought potatoes have eyes, but perhaps he’s (s)mashed.
    What’s of concern is that some people give credence to his ignorant and misleading utterances.

  4. I thought potatoes have eyes, but perhaps he’s (s)mashed.

    For mash get Murphy For those senior enough to remember…

  5. Dennis: Oppressor, Warmonger, Capitalist and Consumer of Petroleum Products

    TtC, see South Africa for the results of nationalised electricity provision.

    It is rather funny that Murphy’s going on about nationalizing the power grid while South Africa is shutting off their nationalized power grid for at least six hours a day.

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    Dennis,

    There used to be an excellent blog, which you probably remember, which brought us examples of what we’re know as Kipp’s Law:

    “Those who call for central planning alway, but always, believe they’ll be the ones doing the central planning. “

    In this case Spud isn’t being racist in believing he’ll do better than SA, because he believes he’s superior to everyone.

  7. Dennis, Neither Retired Nor From Wandsworth

    In this case Spud isn’t being racist in believing he’ll do better than SA, because he believes he’s superior to everyone.

    I’d dispute the racist part. He’s never been a fan of allowing black Africans to conduct their affairs as they see fit, and when they fail to live up to his expectations, he reeks of condescension. One hundred years ago he’d have been whipping darkies on a Malayan rubber plantation.

  8. Ed P
    “What’s of concern is that some people give credence to his ignorant and misleading utterances.”

    Charles Mackay nailed this in 1841 in “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”

    “During seasons of great pestilence men have often believed the prophecies of crazed fanatics, that the end of the world was come. Credulity is always greatest in times of calamity. Prophecies of all sorts are rife on such occasions, and are readily believed, whether for good or evil.”

    Spud has been spouting doom and disaster for decades and offering trite, superficially believable solutions which offer hope to the ignorant and gullible. Like a snake oil salesman arriving in a plague town, his “solutions” will be seized on by the desperate. Who wouldn’t want to believe that the answer is for the government to take control, print money and ‘tax a rich bloke over there’ to make everything better.
    Occasionally I wish he was in control, so that the reality of the disasters he suggests as solutions could be exposed. But the cost would be too high.
    Meanwhile we have to be subjected to the nauseating sight of his views getting ever more coverage in the media.

  9. Regrettably, his COVID fatigue has started to wear off.

    However, it won’t be long before he contracts it again, I’m sure. What other handy affliction could be catch to elicit such sympathy from his camp followers for the symptoms, which he describes so candidly and in such detail?

  10. @ Andrew C

    No leftoid would ever acknowledge a disaster of their own making. Just look at the excuses made for Venezuela

  11. @bravefart – i thought that the ccp had released a new strain of Hanta virus which is endemic in voles on their population. Prepare for lockdown and death to all voles!

  12. Brilliant idea! Once you reach your 10% quota it all becomes free. Run the heating on full and regulate the excessive temperature by opening the windows. Fresh air is supposed to be good for you. Hey, if you suspect you are eventually going to hit the 10% you might as well start that way as it won’t cost you a penny more.

  13. Occasionally I wish he was in control, so that the reality of the disasters he suggests as solutions could be exposed. But the cost would be too high.
    Don’t know if you’ve noticed but you have a government that’s been following his recommendations to the letter for the last few years. The only thing he’s not getting is the credit.

  14. @ Dennis
    “whipping darkies on a Malayan rubber plantation” – in his dreams … I do not believe that Murphy could swing a bullwhip, nor that he could have got a job on a Malayan rubber plantation in 1920: those jobs would have gone to ex-Public School boys, ex-soldiers, not to Irish “conscientious objectors” who refused to fight for King and Country because they were anti-English (and so utterly selfish they were not willing to risk get cold and hungry, let alone wounded).

    [Translated into American, “Public School” becomes “prestigious private fee-paying school”. Our “Public Schools” which pre-date, usually by several centuries, state-provided education were for the upper-middle-classes and minor aristocracy who could not, or chose not to, afford a private tutor for their sons. They, inter alia, toughened the boys up to prepare them to be army officers or colonial administrators or missionaries in the East End of London.]

  15. Dennis, Twatty Something or Other

    I do not believe that Murphy could swing a bullwhip, nor that he could have got a job on a Malayan rubber plantation in 1920

    You’re probably right. He’d have probably ended up trying to annoy pikeys by complaining anonymously to the local Gardai.

  16. Can you see my better-than-Murphy's policies now?

    《Who wouldn’t want to believe that the answer is for the government to take control, print money and ‘tax a rich bloke over there’ to make everything better.》

    What about making taxes voluntary, printing the budget, fully indexing the economy, and legalizing drugs, prostitution, gambling, sleeping outside, deregulating finance, etc.?

    Who wants to bet I’ll get banned from Murphy’s blog in under ten posts, if I go on there and propose these same policies?

  17. 《Who wouldn’t want to believe that the answer is for the government to take control, print money and ‘tax a rich bloke over there’ to make everything better.》

    The 9 most feared words in the English language:

    “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help”</b?

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