Jack Monroe had the most scathing takedown of how energy companies are managing rising costs
As the cost of living crisis has grown, chef, best-selling author and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe has been a voice trusted to speak with authority, knowledge and the best interests of those struggling the most at heart.
In January, she provided the most comprehensive explanation of how inflation disproportionately affects the poorest, and her takedown of MP Lee Anderson’s ignorant take on budgeting should have won awards.
She was invited to the Good Morning Britain studio to discuss the energy crisis, in the wake of news of record profits earned by energy companies Shell and Cenrica.
£1.34bn in profit.
Put another way, over last 6 months, every customer has paid £190 to fund profits and dividends.
It's not militant trade unions that are the problem. It's militant capitalism. https://t.co/SfCAM2FgaV
— Paula Barker MP (@PaulaBarkerMP) July 28, 2022
This is what she had to say about Centrica’s statement on the payment of dividends to shareholders.
With energy bills set to reach record highs this autumn, is it time for energy firms to start sharing their wealth?
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) July 29, 2022
“Oh, only £59 million. Well, all the people who are struggling to heat their homes at the moment:
The people who are suffering from respiratory distress and respiratory disorders because they’re living in cold damp homes.
The people who are ticking timebombs for chronic illnesses ten years down the line, because they can’t afford to heat their homes and look after themselves properly because of rising costs of energy bills
– probably aren’t going to be very impressed with those £59 million just being seen as a small amount, when actually the incremental cost of their energy bills is an absolute fraction of that, but is unaffordable to them.”
The metaphorical mic dropped right there.
Well done , your are right and energy companies need to make profit but not excessive, drop the price, but government also makes lot of money off them and waste it
— Paul (@Paul98895223) July 29, 2022
Jack Monroe looks so tired of listening to the absolute bullshit that's coming out of the energy man's mouth
— UVI (@Miss_U2day) July 29, 2022
Saw @BootstrapCook on TV this morning. As always, she was brilliant. One of the true heroes of our time, constantly working her fingers to the bone to help those most in need. Truly selfless, if only we had more like her. Always inspires me to be better 💪
— Lee Norsworthy (@Nozza_90) July 29, 2022
#gmb Great to see Jack Monroe @bootstrapcook talking energy companies profits. Andy Mayer is a paid corporate lobbyist grifter working for the fake 'think tank' the IEA. You should not allow these grifters on air without exposing their agenda. @benshephard @ranvir01 @mayerandrew
— Paul (@Paul68958640) July 29, 2022
Brilliant and right on point as ever @BootstrapCook
— Andy Burge 🇺🇦 🇪🇺 (@AndyGJBurge) July 29, 2022
I could feel your fume through the tele Jack
— Jojo 💙🇺🇦 (@Redgirl2019) July 29, 2022
I have no idea what you mean 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/5335YRRYn9
— Jack Monroe (@BootstrapCook) July 29, 2022
If you were in any way unclear on Jack’s stance on energy prices, this should fix that.
I’m being contacted by media outlets about the energy companies record profits and my stance on this is very clear. As with supermarkets, while a single one of their customers is forced into poverty by their racketeering prices, not a penny should be paid in shareholder bonuses.
— Jack Monroe (@BootstrapCook) July 28, 2022