Direct Democracy proposal for Energy
Establishment of state-owned energy provider
The People's Administration believes that where possible, fundamental consumer needs such as energy and health should be state-run and accessible to all and not privatised. However, the People's Administration does not believe that the country could afford the renationalising of the industry, which would involve buying-out all of the energy companies that currently exist in the UK markets.
Should the People's Administration install direct democracy, we propose the establishment of a state-run energy company that will compete in the market against existing suppliers. Its revenues shall cover all running costs as well as funds to subsidise the more vulnerable such as those suffering with terminal illness and/or disabilities as well as pensioners and the unemployed.
As it will be operating to obtain only a minimal profit, the prices that it charges should substantially under-cut its competitors and so it could expect rapid growth. As a bonus, we could eventually see the competition collapse therefore leaving us in a situation which would be the equivalent to nationalisation - just without the expense!
The scheme will not be funded by the tax payer but will be ran as a commercial entity and financed by its customers. Financial support from the administration shall be used as capital and thereafter, to subsidise revenues if and when any situation requires this.
The People's Administration can see no valid reason for why any board member of any utility company is worth the pay that they take home - it simply doesn't match their service to their customers or to society. Board members are awarded the pay structures that they receive based upon their company's performance. As 'performance' means 'profit' [not delivery of service], board members have a duty to their investors to increase profits to the maximum so that they themselves get paid the maximum.
The People's Administration believes that if board pay was more proportionate [to the requirements of their position and to the service that they fulfill], their pay would decrease and this saving could then be used to reduce their customer's bills. The People's Administration therefore holds both the government and the board directors directly responsible for further financial hardship [and more] endured by many.
How can British Gas ever justify the award of such pay structures to its board when their own customers are dying simply due to not being able to afford their heating bills?
How could British Gas ever site 'Data Protection Laws' to justify choosing not to pass information regarding vulnerable customers to 3rd parties whilst at the same time, passing information to credit agencies when they sell customer debts to them?
Isn't this corporate manslaughter?
If our society is saying that profit takes priority over the well being of those who are vulnerable in any way, then what sort of society have we allowed ourselves, the government and the corporates to create? Do you really think that they live as part of the same society as we do? Do you really think that corporate board members and cabinet politicians live as we all do?
The People's Administration simply asks; How can any society have self respect when disrespecting it's own vulnerable? Where is the logic in this when most of us will at some stage, become vulnerable ourselves?
Voting for direct democracy outside a general election
It is up to us, the people [not the politicians] to use the power that we have always had, to choose to implement direct democracy as soon as possible.
This is not a protest campaign.
Following the People's Administration Direct Democracy Party [a mainstream registered party since March 2010] on Twitter, gives us your permission [when a majority] to invoke existing laws under UN Articles 21 and 61 [which the UK is signed-up to], so as to take immediate control of all policy decision-making by forming a legitimate UN-sanctioned direct democracy with majority election and without revolution, in the UK.
The People's Administration's constitution for reform to direct democracy and our voting protocols have both been accepted by the UK Electoral Commission and the UN as legitimate. In a general election, the People's Administration does not have to field candidates to secure your vote on the ballot paper. Outside a general election, you can vote for a legitimate reform to direct democracy now!