We all know our mail is late nowadays, and…..

…..the Daily Mail is no exception. They have published an article by James Slack and Tamara Cohen on a subject that has been ‘in progress’ for some months now. Let us backtrack……..

On 23rd November 2011 Chris Huhne presented to Parliament his Annual Energy Statement which was duly reported by the Guardian. On 21st January 2012 the Department of Communities and Local Government published its consultation on changes to the Building Regulations in England: Section two – Part L (Conservation of fuel and power), papers here and here

When reading ‘news’ such as this, especially when it is presented as a government ‘initiative/policy’, it is always worth digging further – lo and behold we find EU Directive 2010/31/EU dated 19th May 2010. While this directive leaves our government plenty of ‘wriggle room’ to ‘gold-plate’, did we not have a statement from Vince Cable that ‘gold-plating’ was to be a thing of the past?

Needless to say, expecting our media to provide the truth behind that which they report must be akin to expecting pigs to fly politicians to be honest and principled.

Just saying………….


Update: Autonomous Mind has also picked up on this ‘news’.



10 Responses

  1. microdave says:

    “European directives will normally be directly copied into UK legislation”

    Proof, if any were needed, that our MP’s are just “rubber stamping” laws made by others.

    “Except where it would adversely affect UK interests”

    So this shows that we could do the same as many of our “partners” and ignore legislation (or parts thereof) if it suits our purposes. But, of course, that will never happen…

    “Ministers will conduct a review of European legislation every five years”

    “Five year plans” are typical in communist controlled countries – what a strange co-incidence…

  2. TomTom says:

    Germany has already implemented this rubbish affecting houses built before 1982 and requiring new boilers and insulation to meet latest standards for new-build. Germany now has big problems with aspergillus mould in houses. They are intent on making Europe uninhabitable by those who work and a haven for welfare claimants from the Third World

    • david says:

      Nice piece of infortmation, TT – thanks. I see from Wikipedia that some species can cause infection in humans, including infection to the external ear, skin lesions, and ulcers classed as mycetomas.

      • CDR says:

        Yes, Aspergillus is a nasty one. Aspergillosis was (and maybe still is) known as Farmer’s Lung, because farmers used to catch the spores from wet mouldy hay. Its horrible stuff. This Green Deal legislation needs kicking in the teeth…….and fast.

  3. microdave says:

    Pierre Gosselin recently posted on the German aspect:

    “But as Die Welt writes, such drastic measures that try to force certain behavior are already being tried in the State of Baden-Württemberg, which is attempting to force homeowners there to carry out comprehensive renovation works for energy efficiency. The result: homeowners are renovating less than before

    There are other “unforeseen consequences” to crazy environmental legislation – German utility companies are finding that sewers are becoming clogged up, as water saving measures have drastically reduced the flow rates. Like most modern countries (including the UK), these sewers depend on plenty of liquid to keep the solids moving! Apparently the same utilities are now having to flush large volumes of water down them to get things moving again…


  4. david says:

    md: the law of unintended consequences seems to apply to everything that politicians do – in other words, they don’t think things through, which is probably why they entered politics……..

    Actually I saw this EU directive about a month ago in Die Welt but the Google translation was crap so I did not follow it up. I blame TT as he drew my attention to it but did not offer to translate! You reading this, TT?

  5. Woodsy42 says:

    Very true WfW, this latest bit of interfering nannyism gets right up my nose too.
    However I disagree that the EU are entirely to blame. Certainly they thought of it but it’s basically aspirational, section 10 clearly states that the level of insulation to be required is up to the member country concerned, dependent on their needs and climate.
    Our government could have easily set a simple standard that effectively ignored it, that they did not do so, and are on about council involvement is our government’s fault and their responsibility entirely.
    Our biggest problem lies nearer than Brussels!

  6. david says:

    “Our government could have easily set a simple standard that effectively ignored it”

    Ahem – did I not mention ‘gold-plating’? The other point about all this is the level to which our government go so that they can get a pat on the back from Brussels.

  7. microdave says:

    “The law of unintended consequences seems to apply to everything that politicians do”

    Fresh off the presses (so to speak) is another example:

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