I’ve been informed by my electricity provider that they are raising their prices by 8%. This will raise my personal cost of living by at least two pounds a week; and this is just one of the price increases for the basics of civilized life that have squeezed my income down to a point where I wonder whether I’ll cope, and I’m one of the lucky ones. I don’t have any dependent children and I have a regular self-employed job. Unbelievably, energy prices have doubled in the last twenty years. And the governemnts are bringing in fracking and pretending it’s a solution, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/bbc-horizon-does-fracking.html.