Just when you thought the Tory omnishambles could not possibly get worse, a head teacher is warning that 90% of UK schools could go bust next year. The key factors being larger energy bills and Jeremy Hunt's drastic spending cuts to fill the black hole deliberately created by Liz Truss.

Just when you thought the Tory omnishambles could not possibly get worse, a head teacher is warning that 90% of UK schools could go bust next year. The key factors being larger energy bills and Jeremy Hunt's drastic spending cuts to fill the black hole deliberately created by Liz Truss. 

Their energy bills have risen from £26,000 to £89,000 a year and when the energy price cap is lifted next April, they could rise two or three times higher again. Obviously, this is not sustainable and if the economic situation is impacting schools this way, just imagine what it's doing to working-class households. The UK is a rich country demanding its people live as though they were in a poor country.

Survey results from the National Association of School Principals show 50% of schools will be in deficit this year and almost all will be next year when reserves run out. Yet Jeremy Hunt is expecting schools to make further cuts or as he calls them "efficiency savings".

Pete Whiteman of the NATU said: "Schools are cut to the bone. This will mean cutting teaching hours, teaching assistants, and teachers."

Let's face it, turning schools into academies and running them like businesses was always a stupid idea, wasn't it? It never benefitted the pupils, but it did benefit the executives on six-figure salaries. Good morning to the Harris Federation's CEO Sir Dan Moynihan who is taking home £455,000 a year. What a hero.

We are being told there are no easy fixes left and yet solutions to these self-inflicted problems clearly do exist. First and foremost, if our country is in such a state, we can't even afford schools, then clearly those with the deepest pockets are not contributing enough. We are the sixth richest nation on Earth. Where the hell has our money gone if we can't afford schools? Obviously, it's in Panama and other offshore tax havens - at least £854 billion of it.

Our main short-term fix should be hammer the rich - not only should we make them pay their fair share this year, but we should backdate it to make up for 12 years of underpayment. Just stop and think for a moment, these people were allowed to get rich because our government was refusing to fund vital services and allowed them to steal the value of our labour. They owe us big time.

I can sense a tax flight argument incoming, so ask yourself if you really want someone in your country who takes so much from our economy, we can't have schools anymore. Perhaps you want to see a return to child labour. It would boost GDP after all and I'm sure Jacob Rees-Mogg would tell us how wonderful child labour was back in his day. It taught life skills and stopped kids from being woke and ungrateful.

The main medium-term plan should be nationalisation of energy retailers which can be done for as little as £2.8 billion. And our main long-term plan should be wind farms and other renewables.

We could be getting most of our energy from wind power and other renewables by now, but our government did not bother to invest in the technology. We could certainly get most of our energy from renewables by 2030, but sadly the energy companies say no and they are in charge. They don't want cheap and clean energy so we have to ignore our CO2 commitments and endure sky-high prices to please them. And we have to keep doing this, no matter the cost.

The EU is aiming for 82% clean energy by 2030 and some EU countries are going for 100%. Perhaps dirty and hugely expensive energy is one of the benefits of Brexit we were promised.

When the energy price cap is lifted in April, small businesses across the country are going to collapse and the disaster capitalism wing of the Tory Party is going to rejoice. Of course, there is the possibility that Boris Johnson swoops in, announces a huge bailout package that surpasses Labour's plans and then puts himself forward as the hero who saved the country. Basically furlough mark II, only for energy companies.

Whichever way this pans out, one thing should be abundantly clear by now, the Tory Party does not govern in the national interest. It simply seeks to consolidate wealth and power and only ever behaves the right way as an act of self-preservation.


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