As the UK Coalition government stumble from one bad proposal to another you have to wonder if they do not want to be in power. After all surely after implementing a Granny Tax, planning to reduce Internet freedom and more they hardly seem to be playing to the electorate. That said government is like being a parent in that you cannot always play the good guy.
The latest fiasco considers improvements to your home.
If the latest proposal comes to fruition you could find that you have to make other "Eco-friendly" changes if you want to simply replace the boiler in your home or the odd window. How come? Well if the UK government has its way, "Homeowners could be forced to pay for Eco-friendly renovations when they want to make simple household repairs under plans being considered by the Government. The scheme would affect people installing windows, boilers or even conservatories in what has been dubbed a 'green tax'. Local councils would be given powers to make you add a new roof and wall insulation or draught proofing on doors before giving you the go-ahead.
A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said, "This is a consultation and we have highlighted potential problems to encourage responses on how this may affect the public." Well it doesn't take a genius to see the negative aspects, does it?
Opinion: Well for what it is worth here comes my two-penneth.
First the Personal Background: Approaching retirement, having always worked, home owner almost, with a very limited income and neither person in our marriage ever having owned or driven a car.
OK, so in many ways this blogger feels she has done quite a bit for the environment already. She has made improvements to the home such as loft insulation when able. The fact that the household has chosen to stay car free for more than 40 years must count for something. Of course it wont.
For many people who are householders it is struggle to make ends meet and upgrade the home when necessary. Let's face it the cost of every alteration is astronomical and then you have to run the gauntlet of dodgy UK workmen. After all one glimpse of the UK show Rogue Traders and you can see it is not easy employing a proper work team.
All in all you could end up spending a small fortune when all you want to do is replace a faulty window. Unless you have a stash of cash you will probably choose not to bother. In making this choice a draughty window could be anything but Eco-friendly.
This blogger is left asking what planet these overpaid so called consultants and politicians come from? I guess it must be planet "Loads of money".
She is also left asking just who might gain from such changes? Will it be a way to force young people into low or unpaid work for welfare? Will it be managed by private companies with government allies at the reins?
Whilst Green Issues are important to us all we do not, unlike our bankers and politicians, have unlimited funds to spend on their whims. I suggest they all take a leave out of my book and ditch their flashy cars or even their less flashy ones. Less traffic on the road would be a huge step toward a cleaner environment. But of course they wont want that. The current government created a fuel shortage as the financial year for 2011 ended mainly to up the fuel duty they received. Did they care about green issues then? Did they hell.
What a farce of a government.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog