Grangemouth

Next year we remember 30 years since the miners’ strike of 1984/85. Miners warned that if coal was closed down and if energy supply were placed in foreign and private hands in effect the nation would lose its independence and energy supply would become unaffordable and used against workers rather than for them.

Energy suppliers of all sorts including Ineos which owns Grangemouth know the value of their assets and seek to extract every drop of profit at the expense of their workforces, the environment and social needs.

When the Labour leader says energy prices should be frozen and stabilised the right wing press viciously attack his dead father. This is one small example of the fierce response energy pirates and their press will give to any threat to their profit.

The worst response we see is in Grangemouth. No one can get to the bottom of the company’s books to anlayse accurately their claims of loss making. They off shore so much of thier finances that they don’t want anyone to do an audit trail. Besides Chinese energy giants own 50% of them.

North Sea oil was squandered to pay for mass unemployment under Thatcher.

All energy related supply and refining should be state owned. Ineos have lost the right to play around with Grangemouth and its well organised workforce, one of the last strong, unionised, energy related workforces. No other private company could do any better and no totally foreign owned company should be allowed to take over. Only direct state ownership will work with a complete expropriation of Ineos’s Grangemouth related assets. A public inquiry into Ineos’s finances should be launched immediately.

The ramifications of the closure of Grangemouth will be felt throughout Scotland, the north of England and in Northern Ireland where some of its supply goes. But the impact will be on Britain as a whole, England, Wales and Scotland, these resources belong to the people, the people should take them over. There should be pause for thought too amongst those seeking next year to take Scotalnd out of the British nation, with or without Grangemouth, Scotland is part of us all.

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