Monday, 21 October 2013


The UK has one of the highest cold-weather mortality rates in Europe. 25-30,000 people, mostly elderly, die each and every winter as a result of not being able to heat their homes.

These deaths are blood on his hands, on the hands of all the power companies and their executives, and all of our politicians who connive in this together, this greatest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich in this island's history. 30,000 excess deaths every winter. Just consider that. If this was anywhere else in the world, they would call this genocide. This year it could be your grandparents, your parents. Or you.

And, of course, Scotland takes the disproportionate brunt of this. As a oil and resource rich nation, one of the richest in Europe, Scotland should never see one of it's people go cold, let alone die. Yet that wealth is squandered by callous Westminster governments and tax-dodging corporate parasites whilst our 1 in 4 of our children lives in poverty and countless thousands of our elderly make the fateful choice between food or fuel.

This is a crime against humanity. And parasites like Chris Weston are laughing in our faces as they bleed us dry.

For those of us in Scotland, we have a way out. We have to vote YES to independence in 2014 and start to build a new Scotland, a nation fit for its people.

For you in England, well, you keep voting tory or Ukip, and carry on blaming your disabled neighbour, your muslim workmate, or the single parent down the road, whilst the politicians and bosses tear apart your welfare state, your NHS, your schools and your resources and flog them of to line their pockets.

British Gas: Fat cat boss Chris Weston refuses to give up £2MILLION bonus despite massive price hike

 While hard-up families are forced to choose between heating or eating this winter, Weston will be warm and well-fed
Fat cat: Chris Weston will be just fine this winter
Fat cat: Chris Weston will be just fine this winter
Pensioners and the poor have been warned they face a bleak winter after British Gas hit homes with crippling price hikes.
But as hard-up families are forced to choose between heating or eating, the fat cat boss of the profit-laden firm will be warm and well-fed as he rakes in up to £2million in bonuses.
And despite the rises of 10% that could plunge millions into poverty, managing director of British Gas owner Centrica, Chris Weston, refused to waive any of his payout.
The increases will slap another £131 a year onto typical bills – meaning households will have to find a record £1,471 to heat and light their home.
The sky high hikes, planned for ­Novemeber 23 as we head into the heart of winter, last night sparked fury.
Unite general ­secretary Len McCluskey branded the move “cruel”. He said: “People will be ­terrified about the winter.
“Never mind the dilemma about heating and eating, with the cost of both running so far ahead of incomes, the most needy won’t be able to do either.
"The big six energy firms need reining in by the ­Government, not words empty of action.”
Fuel Poverty Action’s Clare Welton added: “British Gas’s steep price rises will send a shiver down the spine of millions of their hard-up customers, particularly in the knowledge Centrica reported £1.58billion operating profits this year.”
Adam Scorer, of Consumer Futures, said: “The price increases means millions will go into the winter genuinely afraid of the costs of keeping warm.
“Fuel poverty is already close to epidemic proportions and it is set to become even more commonplace.”

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