‘Heat or Eat’ isn’t a slogan, it’s the grim and stark reality facing thousands of local families, says Workers Party representative in South Belfast, Patrick Lynn
“We are facing one of the worst cost of living crisis in recent memory, one that will have long term and very serious implications for health and wellbeing. Yet, against that background comes the news that the six big energy companies made a combined profit of more than £600 million and that was before the recent increases in bills”, he said.
“Any economic system that imposes crippling and unbearable financial burdens on ordinary working-class people and uncaringly sees them go to the wall while pricing basic necessities beyond their reach must be challenged and overturned”, said Patrick.
“We have to ask ourselves why we tolerate this. Why do we meekly accept our lot as if it was inevitable and unavoidable?”, he asked.
“All the main political parties support and perpetuate this ‘free market’ free for all. They have no intention of facing up to the multi-national energy companies because they play an important role on their behalf.
We are constantly drip fed the myth that these are ‘international matters’ that no one has any control over – they just happen and, while its regrettable, we can’t do anything about it. Wrong. We can”. Patrick argued.
“Immediately, the Westminster government should impose an emergency tax demand on the energy companies and regulate energy prices. The Stormont Assembly, if it was currently functioning, should fund an energy crisis payment programme”.
“If we are to break free of this economic stranglehold, and all the misery, hardship and poverty it imposes, then the answers lie in bringing energy resources from private ownership into public control and the establishment of a socialist economy. There can be no compromises, there are no alternatives”, Patrick concluded.