WITH A PILE of bills to pay, I looked through the Council rates and electricity bills and wondered where the savings were!
Remember when Peter Beattie, after a few stunts like swimming with a toothless shark, announced to great fanfare his shake-up of the electricity ‘market’, and then the Council amalgamations (which he left to Anna Bligh in a nasty hospital pass)?
He repeatedly said, backed-up with lots of ads and glowing tributes from the members of the George Street floating cocktail party business elite, that both measures would create efficiencies and save us money.
A decade on, electricity and the bills are going up five to ten times inflation, each and every year.
And Council rates keep going up well above inflation for efficiencies only counted if that means you see the Council grader much less often.
Certainly the Chairs, Mayors and CEOs are on much bigger money — all those extra assets they have to manage requires lots more reward.
But if they were paid on real efficiencies and keeping their charges — what we have to pay — below inflation, then they’d be paid in pennies.
The ‘big is better’ mantra seems only to benefit the senior executives and boards — the elites.
Real sustainable businesses actually produce better service for below inflation cost rises.
But do we see that from our electricity suppliers, councils, banks, insurers and the rest of the ‘big is better’ brigade?
Not a glimpse.
It’s time all us average punters got a bit worked-up, mad as hell, and said enough is much more than enough.
How many times do we want to get screwed over?