Three cheers for Centrica

The price of energy is much higher than it used to be. Therefore, British Gas is putting up prices. This will mean that we waste less energy. Good.

And no, this won’t kill pensioners, or any of that shite. For a start, pensioners in the UK are fucking loaded – they’re less likely to be poor than the population as a whole. I have no idea why the ‘ooh, those struggling old people’ nonsense comes up whenever energy pricing is mentioned, but it’s bollocks.

In any case, most homes in the UK didn’t even have central heating until after WWII – it’s not as if we needed to heat our entire houses up like tropical paradises all winter. If you’re really fucking poor, why not try only heating your front room rather than the whole house, using a thick duvet and blankets in your bedroom, wearing more clothes, and generally stopping this nonsensical bleating about “oh noes, the basic cost structure of society has shifted due to oil scarcity, I blame the evil bastards at EDF and British Gas”…

3 thoughts on “Three cheers for Centrica

  1. Jim Bliss says:

    Seconded.

    It’s always seemed counter-intuitive to me that the people we worry most about not heating their houses (pensioners) are precisely that section of the population who remember a time before universal central-heating.

    That said, where there is a genuine problem is with elderly people living alone who are suffering from the early (perhaps as yet undiagnosed) effects of dementia / senility. Such a person, without even being aware of it, can lose some of their capacity to take care of themselves, in a way that younger people rarely do.

    Perhaps our drive to ensure that every house is heated to 28°C all year round is merely an expression of our reluctance to visit grandad and make sure he’s alright…

  2. dsquared says:

    they have worse circulation and a slower metabolism, so they’re more likely to die of the cold. Also to live in older houses which aren’t heat-efficient. which is why they do, empirically, die in the winter and will probably do so in greater numbers as a result of this price rise.

  3. Matthew says:

    “It’s always seemed counter-intuitive to me that the people we worry most about not heating their houses (pensioners) are precisely that section of the population who remember a time before universal central-heating.”

    This seems intuitive to me, not counter-intuitive?

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