Tuesday, 23 April 2013

No Wonder We Are Feeling Vexed Lately

A number of items have caught my attention in these last few days. Things which have strengthened my belief that we are expected to line up quietly, while the economic and political elite, spit on us.

Energy giant, NPower are accused of not paying corporation tax for three years running, despite a 9% price rise and a 34% increase in profits.
The other energy firms have been paying out "fat cat" bonuses totalling £5 million.
Meanwhile, more than 24% of the UK population are officially living in energy poverty.
NPower have used the investment in future energy resources, as the reason for ducking the tax bill. It is standard accounting practise apparently.
I might be swayed if they were investing in our future with philanthropic motives, but they're not. They are investing so that the directors can get bigger bonuses and shareholders can get higher dividends.
Who said that firms who invest in future energy infrastructure, should be able to offset their tax liability?
I bet whoever it was is not sitting in a cold, dark room right now.

Chairman of food giant, Nestle, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, calls for water to be privatised and says that the idea of water as a basic human right, is an extreme view.
Nestle is the worlds largest food company and 27th largest company. It employs 270,000 people directly.
As Chairman of this organisation, Brabeck-Letmathe, could be said to be at the very top of the food chain. According to Darwin, this guy should be some kind of superhuman but all I see is a sociopath, someone who cannot empathise with the people in Brazil, who's water supply is destroyed so that Nestle can sell it to rich westerners, or those children who process cocoa, who are forced to work in conditions that Brabeck-lemathe wouldn't allow his dog to endure.

The actions of NPower executives, Nestle fat cats, and the governments that allow them to operate with impunity, have not gone unnoticed.

There is an answer to all this. Simply stop playing the game. The whole merry go round relies on our cooperation.


  1. Stop playing the game? Sounds good, but sitting at home with the electricity and gas turned off at the mains doesn't. More detailed suggestions?

    And... although I agree with all the anger about fat cat bonuses and executive pay and tax loopholes etc... I do still remember that apparently electricity company profits average around 10% of the bill. In other words, even if I was able to generate my own electricity it would still cost me 90% of what I pay now, even bump it down 80% to allow for all the crazy salaries and bonuses and the choice remains: £1 to pay someone to do it against 80p to do it all for yourself (which I couldn't anyway). I do moan along with the rest of us, but then I remember to think about the alternatives. And as for keeping and milking my own cows and growing my own food, or building my own car? Making my own clothes - forget it, I have better things to do.

  2. Yes, it rolls off the tongue rather easily. I could go on, how long do you have?

    I see it as primarily, an attitude of mind. On the one hand, we are encouraged into a certain mindset for the benefit of orderly society or economics, and then there is the matter of reality.
    "It is all smoke and mirrors" it is said of the stock market. It's not just the stock market.

    When our view of life is defined by those who consist of an occult conspiracy, and you can bet your life that it is, arriving at a right attitude is not just an interesting diversion.

  3. I was just wondering what actual practical steps you meant by "stop playing the game". Practical steps that you think would make any difference.

  4. Andrew. I still maintain that it is a mental process that sets one aside from the "system"
    As for practicalities, you have already mentioned a few things.
    I see the need for such measures only when things get to crisis point. For example, if we do find ourselves in fuel poverty, making bio-diesel would be a great ability. I bet you know more about that than me.
    I expect that there will be a fairly comprehensive breakdown of society, whether it will come suddenly or gradually, I do not know. The practicalities involved in not "playing the game" will become evident at that time. In the meanwhile, I don't think that anything we do will really make any difference.

  5. Thanks for laying out these thoughts.