You know, just once, I would like to go to sleep and wake up, read the newspaper and exclaim: "Wow, that's a really good idea the Government just had!".
Instead, we have the content of the previous blog and today, I wake up to this:
'Mandatory' green projects for householders building conservatories
Bank holidays 'cost economy £19bn'
Addressing the former article: Superficially seems like a reasonable idea, except:
The Law of Unintended Consequences will kick in, like it did with the Part P (electrical works brought under building regulations). Regarding Part P - a question in the House of Commons led to the revelation that around 8 deaths per year in England and Wales would be prevented by the introduction of Part P
(see http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200405/cmhansrd/vo050113/text/50113w02.htm )
Woopy doo. That was worth the expense then. A fraction of the effort expended and money spent could have reduced the 3000 deaths per year on the road by that amount. Also, I suspect a great many people have adapted to this sort of interfering state nannying by simply not bothering to inform the local council if they are undertaking internal renovation work. Which is a shame as Building Inspectors are very helpful in my personal experience when it comes to matters of the structural integrity of a house and how building works may affect that.
In this case I predict a rise in unregistered gas fitters (including a large proportion of "cowboys") and a further reluctance to inform Building Control departments about anything.
In the second case, it would be funny if someone hadn't wasted money on it. Just read this for the low down: http://www.salon.com/2012/03/14/bring_back_the_40_hour_work_week/
Therefore, I rename "Think Tank" to "Oxygen Thieves" and "MP"