"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Unravelling Already

To be honest, I don't know why I get so worked up about this government's pronouncements and policy proposals, they're discredited almost as soon as they're announced.

'Great Green Myth'
In a study by Bath University of seven homes which installed a variety of efficiency measures, five of the owners found the predicted savings under this calculation did not materialise.
One family living in a Victorian terrace installed ten separate improvements including floor and loft insulation, double glazing and solar heating. They were predicted to save £1,139 a year after spending more than £50,000 on ‘greening’ their house. The actual savings were just a quarter of that figure at £269...
...An official pilot study on 67 homes in Sutton, South London, found all of those who took the 25-year payback package rather than ten years – a third of the owners – faced repayments higher than the savings.
Another little nugget is that in the event householders aren't sure whether the options are viable for them, they'll be allowed to call in an 'Independent Assessor' to advise them - at their own cost.

I remember the good old days of the last government: every day brought a new joke, a fresh target to ridicule and lampoon.  It looks like those halcyon days have returned.

Here's another example from the same newspaper about Abu Hamza & the ECHR.  The 1300-and-rising comments are a joy to behold as the full meaning of the ECHR decision dawns on the readers.  One in particular reflects my own cynical opinion:
Do not be fooled by this European Court ruling, it was made purely to stop the U.K. withdrawing from European Jurisdiction which the Public would have demanded if the appeal was upheld.
Hmm.  That's a particularly insightful comment from Joe of Wareham, even if I say so myself!

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