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British Gas prices are rising

The average bill could go up by £60 a year

British Gas – one of the biggest energy suppliers in the UK – is raising prices for gas and electricity (i.e. our lights and heating bills) by 5 per cent on average, or £60 a year.

What it means: British Gas says the cost of supplying energy is going up. It has to pay more to buy the gas and electricity it supplies to you – in other words, the 'wholesale price' is higher, so they're passing on that burden to consumers.

Why? For one thing, it's been really cold recently, so 'demand' is up. If people are using more gas, but the amount of gas available is staying the same, the value of the gas we've got goes up – so prices go up. But British Gas also says it's because of government policies about 'smart meters' and hitting emissions targets which are pushing their operations prices up – they think the funds for these changes should come from tax, not the consumer.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?