The 2015 election is set to be the most intersting and unpredictable in most living memories.
It's not just that UKIP has become credible, but also that the influence of duplicitous global corporations is greater than ever this time around - and has been called out many times for the negative contribution this makes to all our lives over the past 5 years.
And what a shabby bunch they all seem to be, united in their efforts to trick and exploit their customers at any cost to their integrity, and old-fashioned ideas of customer service.
TMP just got a trial phone SIM with EE (27m customers!) in the effort to escape the awfulness of Vodafone. And another saga of custiomer woe has commenced: £11.50 quoted overon the phone, turns out to be £17 in reality.
At least the call centres are all in the UK – for business users. Which is a pretty bald declaration that Indian call centres are for the lower classes of punter! The duplicity about availability of thr signal box local femtocell is also bordering on criminal deception, but I did enjoy this comment in the EE forums:
And it works!
Most people now realise after a few encounters with call centres that they must be grateful for whatever crumbs of relief they can get, and accept that the full service as advertised is simply never going to happen. Although probably 99% of consumers wll regard formal complaining as futile... a tweet can help let off steam...
The way that phone companies like 02, EE, Vodafone and Three refuse to operate a 24x7x365 service can only be the result of collusion not to raise the industry bar on customer service. They all operate with call distributed centres in many time zones anyway. When TMP is in power, all "out of hours" service calls will be automatically routed to the private numbers of the Chairman and Dorectors.
And just as most people now believe that all professional politicians are as bad as each other, so we believe that these corporate vampires are all as bad as each other, and that there is little to gain from shopping around.