Like water on a Duck's back
By julyguy1 | Sunday, June 10, 2012, 12:29
Like Water on a Duck's back
One of the main peculiarities about the Brits as compared with say, countries like France and the USA, is that we forever seem reluctant to complain except among ourselves and not to those who are in a position to do something about it, but won't until they are pushed by a majority protestation or the like
And the minority few who do complain about living standards and ever increasing prices above inflation seem to get absolutely no support, which is a shame because companies like South West Water continue to hold the whip and raise their prices year after year above inflation.
Adrian Sanders reckons the worst thing that could have been done is to put essential utilities in the hands of private companies who will always put their shareholders before customers and continue to pay their Executives and the like extremely high and abortive wages, given the firm belief that is the only way they can get the best calibre people to do the highly responsible job of channelling rain water to our taps and disposing of sewerage.
I continue to write and complain as I have done for years, you'd think I may have given up the ghost by now because nothing ever happens to persuade the company to help its hard -up customers in particular.
That they simply do not really care as long as growth, a respectable name for greedy profits, shows a healthy increase every year.
I receive the reply that yes they do care because they offer help and advice to all who ask for it, by way of helping with ways to manage bills.
They will even send someone around so there, they are about helping too.
It looks good, sounds good even but at the end if the day it is not cash help, and that is what is clearly need, reductions or discounts similar to those given by other utilities who have competition, and of course South West Water don't and there lay the fly in the ointment.
"Well we are obliged to refund a £50 rebate" they say - helped by the Government when legislation has been made sometime at the end of the year, and not likely to come into effect until next year. By which time the average increase per year of £38 for a two bedroom flat will easily take care of that. So absolutely no real help there!
Ahh! say SWW - but you can save by sensibly controlling your water intake, like putting a block in your cistern, this will help!
Not bloody likely mate, we are not on a water meter and you won't let us have one so there goes another one of your brilliant (not) solutions to help the scourge of the water bill, probably contrived by one of your top executives!
I ask nicely; maybe they could set a precedence and give some financial help to those in need of it? You see you do charge more than any other water company in the land. Trent water for instance charge an average of less than half for their water and sewerage.
But of course the answer is they can't. They wont even contemplate financial help we are caught in the proverbial catch 22 situation when lately there is water, water everywhere but it still costs so much to harness.
So how do the other utilities do it? The answer of course lies in competition. Which proves SWW really could help financially if they really cared?
But of course they are laughing because as a whole we are not ones to open the flood gates and complain our hearts out.
Meanwhile the water bills flood into our letter boxes and it is the same old story, you are almost scared to open it, knowing that another shock is in store and how the hell are we to manage!
Adrian Sanders says they are working on a way where competition can be brought in but if at all it is going to take time.
In the meantime it is of course the same old story, the greed for money and power as always it has been by the given gluttonous few but maybe now we are beginning to realise the consequences, but unfortunately all of us have to suffer for those so called high calibre people like Bankers and conglomerate companies who have really set our land and the world asunder.
It had to happen, it is now. When shall we ever learn.
If we just sit back and let it happen it will! Time for perhaps a non -violent revolution of sorts?