doc martens steel toe boots A lot of hot air and one lone voice as energy bosses taken to task
It also made a star of the boss of little known Ovo Energy a minor player, keen to spill the beans on some of the dirty secrets of the hated Big Six.
The hastily arranged hearing followed public fury over eye watering price increases of more than nine per cent, to almost 1,500 a year for a dual fuel bill.
Meanwhile, energy prices have become the number one political issue, after Labour leader Ed Miliband vowed to freeze bills for 20 months, if he wins power in 2015.
After the bankers and the tabloid press, these occasions are notorious for the limelight grabbing MP, eager to put the boot in and today was no exception.
Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery had slipped his Dr Martens on and was soon railing, rightly, against the very real fear that “24,
000 people could die this winter”.
The Labour firebrand said: “It’s an absolute outrage, in one of the richest economies in the world, that that’s being allowed to happen. It’s an absolute abuse by the Big Six energy companies.”
It was immediately clear those Big Six had adopted a two fold strategy befuddle us with headache inducing complexity and blame those evil ‘green levies’.
So, we were asked to wrestle with the bits of the bill made up of wholesale prices, ‘forward markets’, distribution costs and other “external pressures”.
Profits were barely mentioned, surprise, surprise although William Morris, of SSE, insisted: “It’s less than supermarkets make, it’s a fraction of what mobile phone companies make.”