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Smart meters and free sausage sandwiches

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MY FIRST article for TCW, in August 2021, was called ‘Take the jab and win a sausage sandwich’. It was an attempt to highlight how different countries were trying to coax their reluctant populations into having an experimental injection. 

People duly lined up for a helping of pickled herrings in Holland, free pizzas and coffee in London, and reduced prison sentences and free guns in the US. It was Romania which gave sausage sandwiches to those willing to risk their health by taking a barely tested novel gene therapy.  

As most of TCW readers are now well aware, the Covid scam was just a prelude to the Great Reset, which aims to enslave and indeed reduce populations across the world. To bring about this 4th Industrial Revolution, smart technology must be implemented so that it covers all walks of life.

We are nearly in November now, and those of us who can afford it have switched on our heating systems. For some years there has been a drive to get every household fitted with smart meters to ‘make our lives easier’, cut our bills and remove the need to supply readings ourselves. Oh, how handy it is to cede this onerous task to a benign company. It goes without saying that these firms have our best interests at heart. The drive to get us on to smart meters is for our own health and welfare, just as the Covid jabs were for our protection against a deadly disease. Aren’t we so fortunate to have a caring government looking out for us?

The great news is that this time around, millions have got wise to the machinations of organisations that make a big play of doing things for our benefit. Cynicism has taken root and folk now realise that big business and government do nothing unless it benefits them first and foremost. Furthermore people are becoming aware of the negative aspects of these meters. They are not healthy, not green, not cost-saving, not safe, abrogate responsibility and are certainly not private. The latest target is an 80 per cent rollout by 2025, but the latest government figures show that after a decade of encouragement only 57 per cent of all meters were smart as at March 2023. 

Enter the Energy Bill: On September 5, 2023 the UK Parliament quietly approved a Bill that paves the way towards forcing British citizens to have smart meters installed in their homes.

This is serious stuff and one that should cause much alarm among those of us who value freedom and democracy. However, perhaps we can take heart at the reaction to the London mayor’s ULEZ scheme which must have conveyed to the government that there is a limit to how far the British people will be pushed against their will. 

And this is where the latest version of the sausage sandwich comes in. On the basis that it is better to persuade people to do your bidding before you have to resort to forceful means, governments and companies are resorting to their age-old playbook: the freebie.

Octopus Energy is now one of the biggest suppliers in the UK, after absorbing 1.5million Bulb customers and 1.5million Shell Energy customers. 

It is introducing a system called Octoplus under which customers can collect ‘Octopoints’. They can get free electricity at off-peak times and other incentives which purport to save money and lead to a whole host of ‘exciting rewards’ such as cinema tickets. (One wonders if the company really does have their customers’ interests at heart; why can’t it just keep bills as low as possible?)

You know what’s coming next, don’t you? These wonderful offers are available only to those who sign up for a smart meter. Those who don’t will have to wander, rewardless, in that last wasteland of independent thought and perhaps higher bills which we call freedom.

Octoplus and Octopoints are this energy company’s answer to the sausage sandwich and the pickled herring. Will they tempt doubters from their slumber of mistrust and doubt? I have a naive confidence in human nature and firmly believe that the great majority will see this for what it is, a bribe to get customers just where they want them: lining up for the Great Reset. I didn’t take the jab and no amount of reward would have persuaded me otherwise. Similarly, I will not be installing a smart meter come what may and if higher prices turn out to be the penalty for my independence, so be it.

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Harry Hopkins
Harry Hopkins
Harry Hopkins is a furniture designer/maker who loves to write.

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