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“Widespread Civil Unrest” Looming in UK Over Cost of Living Crisis

Movement to stop paying bills snowballs.

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The chance of “widespread civil unrest” occurring in the UK as a result of people being unable to afford to pay their bills due to the cost of living crisis is “inevitable,” according to one campaigner.

With energy prices set to soar even higher in October as a result of the sanctions on Russia, many Brits have resolved to refuse to pay their bills as part of a growing backlash some are comparing to the poll tax riots.

London was hit with violent riots back in 1990 in response to the government’s efforts to introduce the poll tax, and the new levy was eventually scrapped after a coalition of interest groups amongst both the working class and the middle class combined to defeat it.

A similar movement under the umbrella of the Don’t Pay organization is now urging people to cancel their direct debits in October if energy prices continue to rise.

Average energy bills in the UK for dual fuel are expected to rise to £3,615 by January 2023, an increase of 283 per cent on March levels.

“Millions of us won’t be able to afford food and bills this winter,” asserts the Don’t Pay manifesto. “We cannot afford to let that happen. We demand a reduction of bills to an affordable level. We will cancel our direct debits from October 1st if we are ignored.”

However, others have warned that a mass refusal to pay bills will only result in energy prices soaring even higher because more companies will leave the market, allowing fewer corporations to create pricing monopolies.

Inflation is also set to hit 15 per cent next year as the whirlwind of economically devastating lockdowns and Europe’s support for the ‘current thing’ – prolonging the war in Ukraine – hits people hard.

Meanwhile, energy giant BP just announced its biggest quarterly profit for 14 years.

Campaigner Tom Scott said he isn’t calling for riots, but that they are almost certain to happen if things don’t change.

“There was a major riot in London [in 1990],” Scott told the Telegraph. “That’s not something I would like to see, but I think it’s almost inevitable that unless the Government does take much more effective action to help people, there will be widespread civil unrest.”

A new poll also found that a slim majority of Brits – 51 per cent – thinks there will be cost of living riots later this year.

Meanwhile, the UK government continues to give the red carpet treatment, free accommodation, food and money to record numbers of illegal migrants with iPhones arriving on boats from France.

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Electric Vehicles Just Went UP In Price

Makes Democrats’ $7500 tax credit for EV buyers even more pointless

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Electric car manufacturers have hiked their prices pretty much across the board, effectively completely cancelling out government tax credit incentives signed into law by Democrats this week.

Under the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’, which economic experts say will not reduce inflation, anyone buying a new EV with a battery that was built in North America is eligible for a $7500 credit.

That already discounts most EVs.

Less than a third are eligible

As for the rest, well they’ve gone up in price by thousands of dollars.

General Motors has hiked the cost of an electric Hummer by $6,250 and Ford has “updated” the cost of its EVs by $6,000 to $8,500.

So much for the green transition.

As we have repeatedly highlighted, EVs cost on average $67 thousand dollars and are already completely unaffordable to most Americans.

That hasn’t stopped Biden energy minions touting them as a solution to high gas prices:

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    Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act “Secretly” Brought To You By Bill Gates

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    The Democrats’ “Inflation Reduction Act” – which according to the Congressional Budget Office will raise taxes on the middle class to the tune of $20 billion – not to mention unleash an army of IRS agents on working class Americans over the next decade, was made possible by Bill Gates and (in smaller part) Larry Summers, who have been known to hang out together.

    The bill, of course, was signed yesterday.

    In a Tuesday Bloomberg article that reads more like a newsletter for the Gates fan club, the billionaire Microsoft co-founder recalls how earlier this year, as moderate Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema continued to block the tax-and-spend legislation over concerns that it would raise taxes on the middle class (it will), Gates says he tapped into a relationship with Manchin that he’d been cultivating since at least 2019.

    Gates was banking on more than just his trademark optimism about addressing climate change and other seemingly intractable problems that have been his focus since stepping down as Microsoft’s chief executive two decades ago. As he revealed to Bloomberg Green, he has quietly lobbied Manchin and other senators, starting before President Joe Biden had won the White House, in anticipation of a rare moment in which heavy federal spending might be secured for the clean-energy transition.

    Those discussions gave him reason to believe the senator from West Virginia would come through for the climate — and he was willing to continue pressing the case himself until the very end. “The last month people felt like, OK, we tried, we’re done, it failed,” Gates said. “I believed it was a unique opportunity.” So he tapped into a relationship with Manchin that he’d cultivated for at least three years. “We were able to talk even at a time when he felt people weren’t listening.” -Bloomberg

    We know, gag us with a spoon.

    Apparently Gates and Manchin’s bromance began when the billionaire wooed the West Virgina Senator at a 2019 meal in Seattle, in an effort to garner support for clean-energy policy. Manchin at the time was the senior-most Democrat on the energy committee.

    My dialogue with Joe has been going on for quite a while,” said Gates.

    After Manchin walked (again) on the bill last December over concerns that it would exacerbate the national debt, inflation, the pandemic, and amid geopolitical uncertainty with Russia, Gates jumped into action. A few weeks later, he met with Manchin and his wife, Gayle Conelly Manchin, at a DC restaurant, where they talked about what West Virginia needed. Manchin understandably wanted to preserve jobs at the center of the US coal industry, while Gates suggested that coal plant workers could simply swap over to nuclear plants – such as those from Gates’ TerraPower.

    Manchin apparently wasn’t convinced, announcing on Feb. 1 that “Build Back Better” (the Inflation Reduction Act’s previous iteration) was “dead.”

    In an effort to convince him otherwise, Democrats pulled together a cadre of economists and other Manchin influencers – including former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, who convinced Manchin that the bill wouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class, or add to the deficit.

    Collin O’Mara, chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, recruited economists to assuage Manchin’s concerns — including representatives from the University of Chicago and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware brought in a heavyweight: former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, who has spent decades advising Democrats. 

    The economists were able to “send this signal that [the bill’s] going to help with the deficit,” O’Mara said. “It’s going to be slightly deflationary and it’s going to spur growth and investment in all these areas.” Through this subtle alchemy, clean-energy investments could be reframed for Manchin as a hedge against future spikes in oil and gas prices and a way to potentially export more energy to Europe. -Bloomberg

    Gates also sprang into action again on July 7, when Manchin was spotted at the Sun Valley media conference in Idaho – which Gates also attended.

    “We had a talk about what was missing, what needed to be done,” Gates said. “And then after that it was a lot of phone calls.”

    Gates looks back at the new law with satisfaction. He achieved what he set out to do. “I will say that it’s one of the happier moments of my climate work,” Gates said. “I have two things that excite me about climate work. One is when policy gets done well, and this is by far the biggest moment like that.” His other pleasure comes from interviewing people at climate and clean-tech startups: “I hear about this amazing new way to make steel, cement and chemicals.” -Bloomberg

    I don’t want to take credit for what went on,” says Gates – in the article about how he gets credit for what went on.

    This post was originally published at Zero Hedge

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    Video: Americans Are Fleeing To MEXICO To Avoid Biden’s Titanic Economy

    Average rent prices are up 25% from March 2020

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    Joe Biden’s economy is sinking so fast that over five million Americans have gone to Mexico, according to a report.

    It’s a CNN report, but it doesn’t seem to be completely fake news this time, as it cites State Department figures.

    A million more Americans flew to Mexico in the first five months of this year than they did at that point during 2019 (pre-pandemic).

    “A refuge for migrants,” the ridiculous CNN voice over states, adding “perhaps not the border crossing you expected.”

    Nevertheless, it’s an interesting watch:

    CNN also noted this week that average rent prices are “up 25% from March 2020”.

    A majority of 62 percent of renters are worried about being able to pay:

    Food prices are up 13.1%, and 48% of Americans according to a YouGov poll say inflation is “eroding their livelihoods”:

    Don’t worry though, because Biden signed the ‘inflation reduction act‘ this week.

    And remember, the U.S. definitely isn’t in a recession because that has been redefined.

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