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I move for a vote of no confidence in the current UK government over its refusal to regulate the energy industry

September 12, 2008

In the latest development of the energy crisis in the UK the government has admitted that it is “powerless to stop energy firms passing on the cost on its fuel assistance package onto customers” (BBC NEWS | http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7610939.stm). This means in effect that over time it is most likely that the energy companies will regain their contributions by charging them back to customers and there is allegedly nothing the government can do to stop it.

This is totally and utterly unacceptable on any level.

The government must be able and prepared to regulate the energy industry. The power to do so is available through passing the necessary legislation. If the government is refusing to act on our behalf to regulate the energy industry then I see no other course of action but to replace them with a government that will. Otherwise what will happen in the winter when millions of people cannot afford to heat their homes? Who will represent their best interests? The government has shown us its true colors in this matter. They are in bed with or at the mercy of the energy companies. I move for a vote of no confidence.

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  1. September 13, 2008 2:01 pm

    This is the same government that prevented 20m people from smoking in public places, now they say they can’t regulate the energy producers. Utter rubbish, they need to pass new legislation that compels the energy producers to invest a minimum amount, based on their turnover, in new plant and power stations. Much the same as the water companies are compelled to invest in new infrastructure. Ofgem must then be given the power to cap or control tariffs, if they have no powers, then what are they there for, to humour the public?

    Time to be bold Mr Brown. If you can alienate up to 20m people, a few energy companies should pose no problem. I don’t agree with nationalisation, but if they don’t want to play, then given our energy independence is reliant on these companies, we should simply take them over for a fraction of their worth. Gordon Brown is a bully and typically bullies talk a good story, but rarely back it up when challenged, Gordon, for once in your life, be a man, or step aside and let someone else make the tough decisions.

    I think, apart from a few people needing to catch up or living in the past, a vote of no confidence would have 64m or so supporters.

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