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Monday, April 28, 2014

A cautionary tale for Labour

This is an interesting article from 2008 about Ed Miliband's new strategist David Axelrod and his company, ASK Public Strategies. Given Labour's policy of freezing energy prices I was especially taken by this passage:

One TV commercial, penned by ASK, warned of a ComEd bankruptcy and blackouts without a rate hike: "A few years ago, California politicians seized control of electric rates. They held rates down, but the true cost of energy kept rising. Soon the electric company went bust; the lights went out. Consumers had to pay for the mess."

High energy prices are a major problem but the danger with Labour's solution is that we could end up in the same place as California. More effective regulation and breaking up the informal oligopoly currently practised by the big six is a much better solution.
There is a very interesting comment on the Axelrod appointment in the 'Stumblings and Mumblings' blog. Basically asking if this is an example of 'cargo Cult' management.

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