There are times during protests where you feel those in power aren’t listening. That they shut themselves away in a cocoon of expensive lunches, executive meetings and fancy cars. Today, in response to Fuel Poverty Action’s occupation of his offices, Phil Bentley (CEO of British Gas) broke that mould and is probably now wishing he hadn’t.
As Fuel Poverty Action activists stood outside in the biting cold leafleting this morning, out strolled the suited figure of a man who looked very much like the millionaire CEO. That’s because it was. Bentley, whose floor had been occupied by a group protesting against the 2,700 preventable deaths last year from Fuel Poverty, looked like he had a point to prove.
As he introduced himself, our man on the door asked: “Do you think its unfair that when you’re paid £600,000 plus even more in bonus that people are dying of cold in their home?”
What was to be the media-trained, experienced CEO’s answer? Surely he’d have a pre-prepared script to read from on this, some kind of skilfully meaningless mediaspeak
“Yes of course”, replied to well paid CEO. Continue reading
At approximately 8.45 am six of us occupied two meeting rooms at British Gas HQ. Since then police have attempted to break in and force us out. British Gas have now asked us to engage in “negotiations” over our demands. Here is our response.
How can ordinary people have a dialogue with energy companies which wield so much power over our daily lives? Will they bear responsibility for people’s lives – such as the 2.7 thousand estimated to die this winter as a direct result of fuel poverty in the UK, and the millions threatened by climate change? Continue reading
How the game works:
Today’s extra special show is broadcasting from inside our headquarters of British Gas – please excuse us for any unseen network disruptions beyond our control. Now please give a warm welcome to today’s contestant – who is here with her family on the show today.
The host, Phil Bentley, CEO of British Gas, will be putting a family through a daily struggle of survival, having to choose whether to heat, or eat.
The family will be put through a series of rounds, including multiple guess questions, role plays and music interludes. Win, and they will receive points, which they will get the choice of spending on heating, or eating.
The game is full of fun and comedy as well as interesting facts about how the big energy companies are screwing us all over.
You can watch the whole game on livestream, that is until our live-set is evicted! Continue reading
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