No excuse for Starmer’s unwillingness to nationalise energy – privatisation continues to rip of the UK’s people
Keir Starmer’s refusal to say he will nationalise energy, despite both official conference policy and the massive public popularity of the idea, has been thrown into stark relief with the Tories allowing a further twelve percent increase in energy bills, despite the already-huge burden on millions of struggling families – and by the actions of governments with nationalised energy sectors to ease the burden on their people.
- Greece has announced a €108 subsidy for 70% of housefholds
- Italy has commited €3.5 billion to an energy subsidy for 5.5 million struggling people
- France has given €100 non-repayable grants to six million
- Spain has announced a windfall tax on energy corporations and a cut in electricity prices
A similar pattern is seen in rail travel prices, where residents of countries with nationalised rail pay a fraction of the gouged prices UK residents face – in part driven by the fact that parts of the privatised rail system here belongs to nationalised energy providers in countries, helping to fund subsidies for their people.
The Tories are in bed with those who make billions off the back of struggling UK people. That’s what they do. But Starmer’s decision to cuddle up to them – especially when he committed to nationalisation to get elected as Labour leader – is an outright betrayal of the millions facing hardship and even ‘heat or eat’ decisions in this country.
It’s not complicated: nationalising energy – and other key national infrastructure – is hugely popular with voters. But even more importantly, it’s the right thing to do.
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