Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/647/10626

From The Socialist newspaper, 17 November 2010

Fast news

More jumpers

PRIVATISED ENERGY giant British Gas has dropped its charm offensive of lower prices to customers with a 7% rise in gas and electricity bills this winter. The increase comes into effect on 10 December. Back in 2008 Jake Ulrich, the managing director of Centrica, which owns British Gas, advised hard-pressed customers facing a 15% price hike to wear an extra jumper!

The latest move by British Gas follows recent gas-price increases of 9% by Scottish and Southern Energy. Other gas companies are expected to follow suit.

Ann Robinson of price comparison website Uswitch commented on the increase: "Unfortunately for consumers, the 8% or 99 reduction seen over the last two years failed miserably to reverse the impact of the 42% or 381 increase seen in 2008. And now, whatever small benefit was seen is about to be wiped back out again."

She said the average household bill for a dual-fuel British Gas customer would now go up from 1,157 to 1,239.

In July, British Gas made operating profits of 585 million for the first half of 2010, up 98% on the same period last year. Centrica, also saw a big increase in profits, up 65% to 1.56 billion.

Torturer in chief

FORMER US president George W Bush has gained much publicity for his memoir, Decision Points, with the justification for his authorisation of the torture technique known as 'waterboarding'. Bush maintains that waterboarding, which simulates drowning, is not torture.

Interviewed on the BBC World Service, Bush said 'the ends justified the means' as it prevented further terrorist attacks and, anyway, a White House lawyer told him it was legal.

However, Bush didn't provide any concrete evidence of particular terrorist attacks being thwarted and obviously the US president wouldn't have had any difficulty in finding a lawyer to say waterboarding was legal - in much the same way as the British attorney general Lord Goldsmith (on the eve of war) told Blair what he wanted to hear, ie that invading Iraq in March 2003 was legal.

Back in 2005 Bush responded to reports of secret CIA prisons overseas by saying "we do not torture". Presumably he was only referring to waterboarding and not the widely reported other methods of bestial torture practised by US forces at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, Bagram airbase in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to name just three prison camps.

Stalin lives

THE SOVIET union collapsed in the early 1990s but it seems that Stalin's secret police - the KGB - survived the transition to capitalism.

Referring to a double agent who has defected to the USA, a Russian official is quoted in the Kommersant newspaper as saying: "We know who he is and where he is. Do not doubt that a Mercader has been sent after him already."

Ramon Mercader was the Stalinist agent who murdered the exiled socialist revolutionary Leon Trotsky in Mexico in 1940.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 17 November 2010:


Socialist Party youth and students

Fight for your future!

Massive student demo shows anti-cuts anger

24 November - Strike against fees and cuts

Defend student protesters!

10 November demonstration: Students fighting back


War and occupation

Afghanistan: Withdraw the troops now!


Socialist Party workplace news

Kirklees - fighting 400 million budget cut

Protests and meetings against the cuts

Victory in law centre battle

Jobs threat in Knowsley

Ballot cancelled in BA dispute

National Shop Stewards Network: Anti-cuts conference

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party news and analysis

Universal Credit - a thinly veiled attack on the sick and unemployed

Coalition turns back the clock on justice

Tories promote fast food nation

Fast news


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition launches its campaign for the 2011 local elections


International socialist news and analysis

Ireland: 'Not simply a crisis but an absolute disaster'

Ireland: United Left Alliance to challenge at next general election

Support the Laura Ashley strikers


Socialist Party review

Britain's trillion pound horror story


 

Home   |   The Socialist 17 November 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Gas:

triangleComment: Socialism and truth about Zane

triangleWe're freezing: reverse cuts to boiler replacement schemes!

triangleAnti-fracking campaigners' legal fight

triangleHundreds evacuated after Labour council dismisses cracks in tower blocks

triangleGMB union should support anti-fracking campaigners in Fylde

Stalin:

triangleWell-deserved ridicule of Stalinism is impressive, funny but flawed

triangleOctober 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

triangleRussia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

triangleLessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today

Torture:

triangleHundreds of torture victims wrongly detained

triangleDictatorship's methods still reign in 'democratic' Chile

US:

triangleTrump's tax plan: Robin Hood in reverse

triangleMobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

Energy:

triangleCourt maintains injunction against fracking protesters

Iraq:

triangleKurdish referendum declared illegal

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

6/12/17

Transport

Arriva bus strikers stand firm

6/12/17

Pensions

BT pensions review - oppose the attacks on the pension schemes

6/12/17

PCS

Driving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

6/12/17

Newham

School staff strike against privatisation

6/12/17

Rail

Brutal rail privateer Abellio takes over Midlands rail services

6/12/17

PCS

PCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

6/12/17

North Yorkshire

Court maintains injunction against fracking protesters

6/12/17

Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Universal Credit protest

6/12/17

Coventry

Coventry Socialist sales hit 1,000

6/12/17

TUSC

TUSC conference to debate 2018 elections

6/12/17

Liverpool

Liverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

6/12/17

Kirklees

Plans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the full 5% claim

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

triangle30 Nov Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

More ...

triangle12 Dec Birmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

triangle12 Dec Liverpool Socialist Party: Fighting council cuts

triangle13 Dec Caerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2