How’s it going out there? Nights starting to draw in, clocks going back soon, chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Starting to feel a bit chilly in the evenings? Good, because you won’t be able to afford to turn the heating on, so just die slowly of hypothermia and reduce the surplus population.
The very smart man pictured above is Sam, shame it wasn’t Sid really. To be more precise, his name is William Samuel Hugh Laidlaw, son of Sir Christopher Laidlaw (1922-2010), former Chairman of BP. Quite why he calls himself Sam is none of my business, perhaps Willy doesn’t have the right gravitas. Guess where Willy was educated, got it in one, Eton. then onto Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Hang on a minute, isn’t that the same college that Ken Clarke and Peter Goldsmith attended? Yes, but not at the same time. Anyway, Willy, sorry, Sam is CEO of Centrica, or British Gas to you and me, who have just announced another shameful price hike of 9.2%.
He will of course blame it on global prices, and needing to invest in infrastructure blah de blah, but fail to mention his £2.35 million salary, an increase of 36% on his 2008 salary. Oh, and the £2.35 million is basic, with bonuses it comes to a grotesque £4.97 million according to the Mail. But here’s the killer punch, during 2011, Mr Laidlaw received heating discounts worth almost £700 from Centrica – more than half the average family bill.
It doesn’t have to be like this people, you have the power to change it, or sit back and watch granny die, your choice.
As we are fast approaching the festive season, here is a little Christmas Carol for you Sam.
- “At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge, … it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir.”
“Are there no prisons?”
“Plenty of prisons…”
“And the Union workhouses.” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”
“Both very busy, sir…”
“Those who are badly off must go there.”
“Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.”
“If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”
Sweet dreams Sam,