The popular resistance to smart meters gives me hope. This fiasco of a project – millions over budget, meters malfunctioning, appallingly managed – was always more than a nifty new way for consumers to manage their energy bills. It is about rationing.
The time will come when energy firms will adjust their prices minute-by-minute, rapidly increasing them at moments of high demand so as to force people to turn off their appliances, switch off their lights, and retreat into darkness or face an almighty bill. The information collected by such devices, ostensibly to make our lives better, can thus be used as a weapon against us.
I fear that something similar will emerge from the NHS’s new collaboration…
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