The government has admitted that it is powerless to stop energy firms passing on the cost on its fuel assistance package onto customers.
And did this surprise anyone?
An executive at energy firm E.On has sparked anger after saying that the continued high gas and electricity prices would mean "more money for us".
These are businesses. They exist to make profit. If you want them to do something other than that, you have to force them. This sort of comment only shows the limitations of ‘nudging’ companies towards socially desirable ends.
E.On says: “We have now launched an investigation into the context of the comment.” The context is that people think they are somehow entitled to ‘corporate social responsibility’.