One of the reasons to justify the privatisation of utilities is they are heavily regulated and people also have the right to change suppliers at any time to get the best deals. But if you look at the water and sewage treatment companies this does not seem to apply. There is only one sewage pipe as there is only one water main so if you are being excessively charge or receive a bad service you cannot change. If you have a corrupt or badly run water company in your area you are stuck with it.
Who do you complain to OFWAT? we all know they are in the pockets of the water companies is it straight forward corruption or is it a more subtle and insidious process? well paid jobs that become available later in their careers, they don’t do bribes to Swiss bank accounts anymore or large villa’s in the south of France.
For two weeks now United Utilities have been trying to poison the people of Lancashire a problem that should have been resolved in days – just pump iodine through the pipes it may not taste great but you won’t die from it. This company knows where the fault lies, they know who is responsible is it Fracking? is it contamination from badly maintained Sewage pipes they won’t tell anyone.
All this time where is the regulator why isn’t the chief executive of OFWAT- Kathryn Ross – out on the streets of Lancashire screaming at United Utilities, why isn’t she forcing them into action or has she got a new job in the pipeline?
Are we going back to the days of ‘The Citadel’? where doctors go out and blow up leaking sewage pipes to prevent Typhus and Typhoid because private water companies are more interested in maintaining their profit margins, rather than maintaining the pipes throughout Lancashire. How many other Utilities are following in this path? no wonder Jeremy Corbyn is enjoying such popularity, greed and avarice are the game in town and he opposes this philosophy, in his mind the interest of the people come first.
36% always remember that Mr Cameron!!
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc