Anybody care to have a punt on how many extra deaths the British Gas price rise will cause this winter?
Justin goes for 10,000. Of course, I imagine that he could personally save a few by tightening his belt and donating the money saved to some pensioners in his area: after all, surely saving a life or two is more important than being able to access the internet, eh?
Or, of course, you could take the PigDogFucker approach.
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.
Indeed. Wasting energy is a bad thing. And I thought that we wanted people to use less energy in order to stop Armageddon, or something? Surely everyone should be jumping up and down with joy?
But what about those pensioners?
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”...
Indeed so. Your humble Devil lives in a block of flats in which all of the heating is centrally controlled so, alas, I am unable to control the temperature of my flat (besides, it's always hot in Hell). I also have no idea what temperature people generally set the thermostat too, but Timmy expresses disbelief that it might be as high as 21°C.
Still, if you are worried about pensioners popping their clogs because of the cold, maybe we should reduce demand for heating fuel? So, why don't we start lambasting the government for ensuring that their offices are kept at a balmy 23°C, eh?