In Ñspel │ The Observer view on the unforgivable silence of the Tories in the energy crisis

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on ɖ unfgiṿbl sîḷns v ɖ Tōriz in ɖ eṇjicrîsis

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Observer on Sunday 28 August 2022)

Miłnz v ppl rîtli fīl btreid bî ɖ guvnmnt fr nglectñ t d enʈñ abt ɖ lūmñ fînanśl śoc

Súnde, 28 Ōġst 2022

Ɖ  rîzñ cost v eṇji z a naśnl imrjnsi. Last yir, Britiś hǎsholdz c’lectivli spent arnd £30bn on ɖer eṇjibilz. Nxt yir, ɖt bil z xpctd t b in ɖ rījn v £170bn. Ɖoz sumz d nt acǎnt fr ɖ hayr eṇjicosts ɖt wl b fest elsẃr in ɖ icoṇmi, bî bizṇsz, hospitlz n scūlz. It wd b a c’losl ic̣nomic śoc ɖt wd cōz untld ic̣nomic hardśp n homlisnis n ppl dayñ v cndiśnz rletd t biyñ cold.

Last wīc, Ofgem anǎnst ɖ eṇjiprîs cap wd rîz t an aṿrij v £3,549 in fîv wīcs’ tîm. Ɖs z olmst tripl ẃt it wz a yir ago, līvñ ppl fesñ aṿrij eṇjibilz v £500 a munʈ n mor. Xprts hv pridictd ɖs wl frɖr incris t £700 a munʈ in Jańri. Ɖz cndz v sumz wl hrt ɖ līst aflụnt ɖ most: lo-incm faṃliz wɖ yuñ ćildṛn, pnśnrz livñ in poṿti, ppl wɖ dis’biḷtiz. Bt onli a slim mnoṛti v hǎsholdz r mīnñḟli insyletd fṛm a fînanśl śoc v ɖs ordr. It z a crîsis on ɖ scel v ɖ trmôl v 2008, ẃć rqîrd a £137bn up-frunt beilǎt t privnt bancs c’lapsñ n ppl’z sevñz ivaṗretñ, n v ɖ ic̣nomic impact v ɖ pandemic, ẃć rqîrd £70bn v frlo s’port t b peid t 11.7 miłn implôīz.

Yt ɖ onli rspons v ɖ Cnsrṿtiv guvnmnt hz bn sîḷns. Ǎr lem-duc prîm̦inistr, Boris Jonsn, wd nt stand dǎn untl ɖ sumr wz ovr bt hz spent hiz last wīcs in ofis hoḷdeyñ abrōd, ẃl formr prîm̦inistrz n xprts plīdd fr an imrjnsipacij t b swiftli dveḷpt n anǎnst. Greg Handz, ɖ eṇjiministr, wz abrōd on ɖ de ɖt Ofgem, ɖ eṇjireğletr, md its anǎnsmnt. Ɖ guvnmnt ofrd no ministr t tur ɖ brōdcaststydioz t ri’śur ɖ public ɖt ɖ crîsis z in hand. Ɖ parti’s tū canddets t b ɖ nxt prîm̦inistr hv bn mor foc̣st on tẹrñ ćuncs ǎt v ć uɖr in an oṿli loñ n incrisñli bitr contest ɖn on cooṗretñ t dveḷp a plan ɖt wd b impḷmntd bî huevr winz.

It z unfgiṿbl t hv a grūp v Cnsrṿtiv poḷtiśnz in guvnmnt hu cer so litl fr ɖ cuntri n hu hv so litl rspct fr ɖ ppl hu liv in it ɖt ɖe ʈnc it axptbl t nglect ɖer rsponsbiḷtiz in ɖs we. Nɖr Liz Trus nr Riśi Sŭnac hz grapld wɖ ɖ crîsis ɖe wd inherit az prîm̦inistr. Trus hz promist tnz v biłnz v taxcuts ɖt wl d prisîsli nʈñ t hlp ɖ hardist-up cǒp n wl dlivr ɖ most s’port t ɖ wlʈiist hǎsholdz hu r ɖ wnz hu cn gt bî.

Ś hz pripostṛsli sd ś wz nt in fevr v “handǎts”; ɖ iqivḷnt v seyñ ś wd hv bn hapi t let ɖ bancs c’laps in 2008 or fr ppl t hv bcm desttyt az a rzult v biyñ leid of jrñ ɖ locdǎnz v 2020. Ɖt ś z olmst srtnli lîcli t b ɖ nxt prîm̦inistr z a dsgresfl indcetr v ɖ stet v ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti. Sŭnac hz at līst indcetd h wd targit s’port at ɖ līst wel of, bt hz sd nʈñ ɖt śoz h unḍstandz ɖ scel v ẃt z nīdd.

Ɖ sîz v ɖ eṇji prîsrîzz z sć ɖt meźrz tarġtd ʈru ɖ beṇfitsistm cn no longr b sfiśnt, bcz ɖe wd mis tù mni hǎsholdz fr hūm xtra s’port z vîtl. It rqîrz an xtrordnri rspons. Lebr hz pt fwd wn sć pṛpozl: t cap eṇjibilz at ɖer cuṛnt rets, at a cost v arnd £30bn ovr six munʈs or £60bn ovr a yir, partli fundd ʈru an incrist windfōl tax on ôl n gas pṛdysrz.

Ɖr r uɖr wez v dliṿrñ ɖs s’port, sć az brññ in a ny sośl eṇjitarif ɖt cuts bilz fr ol bt ɖ wlʈiist hǎsholdz or at līst taxñ bac sm v ɖ costs v ɖs fṛm ɖ rićist 10% or 20% v hǎsholdz. Bt Cir Starmr hz unḍstd ẃt z nīdd in a we ɖt hiz Cnsrṿtiv cǎnṭparts in guvnmnt hv nt.

Ɖ imīɉt cōz v ɖs crîsis z Vladīmir Pūtin’z campen v terr in Ycren. H z trayñ t hold ɖ wrld hostij bî liṃtñ axes t Ruśn gas. Ɖr z no ćôs bt t c’lectivli pe ɖ prîs. Bt Cnsrṿtiv prîm̦inistrz hv tecn bad dsiźnz ovr ɖ last deced ɖt hv left ɖ YC mor xpozd t ɖs crîsis ɖn it uɖ̇wz mt hv bn. Devid Camṛn scrapt subṣdiz fr solr pǎr, eṇji-ifiśnsi scīmz n onśor wind, mcñ Britn mor rlaynt on fosilfylz. Ɖ guvnmnt hz alaud ɖ YC’z gaștorij fsiḷtiz t clos, so ɖt w nǎ hv cpaṣti t stor jst 2% v ańl dmand.

Evri de ɖt pasz wɖt ministrz stepñ p t anǎns an imrjnsi reskpacij z a de ɖt mor ppl hv t liv sic wɖ wuri, nt nwñ hǎ ɖe wl mc it ʈru ɖ wintr. Bizṇsz ɖt hv bn left damijd bî ɖ pandemic hv no srtnti abt ẃɖr ɖe wl b ebl t svîv ɖ nxt fy munʈs. It z a mońmntl n unconśṇbl fełr bî ɖ guṿnñclas. Sŭnac n Trus canot līv it eni longr bfr anǎnsñ îɖr jônt or sepṛt imrjnsipac̣jz ɖt ɖe wd implimnt śd ɖe fînd ɖmslvz in Dǎnñ Strīt.

Instroduction to Ñspel

28/08/2022

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