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The government has capped energy bills

From December, energy companies aren’t going to be able to charge you more than £1,136 a year.

From December, energy companies aren’t going to be able to charge you more than £1,136 a year.

What it means: The price you pay for your electricity and gas doesn’t just depend on how many iPhones, microwaves and lava lamps you plug in. It also depends on how good a deal your energy company gives you. And if you can’t remember the last time you went hunting for the best contract possible, you might be being charged at least a bit more than you could be.

The government has come to your rescue. Ofgem, the government regulator that tells energy companies what they can and can’t do, has announced a price cap. They reckon we can all expect to save about £75 a year.

Energy companies are moaning that now they’ll have less money to invest in the sort of whizzy new stuff that they say makes their product and service better. Everyone else is likely to be pleased - who doesn’t like saving money? But some people will say the government is overstepping its role by trying to push people into making better choices.

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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).

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