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Peter Kellner: Are the energy companies in the wrong?

Voters don’t like it, but Chinese investment could be key to funding British infrastructure

By Peter Kellner   December 2013

The arbiters of popular culture would surely have been unsurprised by the recent furore over gas and electricity prices. A thousand films and TV series make heroes out of doctors and detectives, spies and soldiers, even, occasionally, politicians (thank you, West Wing); but the most prominent fictional boss of an energy company is the greedy, uncaring Mr Burns in The Simpsons.

This month’s YouGov poll for Prospect suggests that Britain’s big gas and electricity companies are not merely unpopular—we knew that already—but that their reputation may be harming the prospects for a sensible long-term energy strategy for Britain.

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