Householders will have to wait another 16 months for an emergency power cuts helpline promised almost a year ago, Labour revealed on Saturday.
I think someone needs to explain the definition of 'emergency'...
Thousands of people faced power cuts last winter as a result of severe storms and flooding that affected large parts of the UK in December and January.
One problem the crisis highlighted was the absence of a single emergency number for customers to use if they want to find out how long power cuts will last, regardless of where they live or which energy company is involved.
Following a meeting with power companies in January, Ed Davey, the energy secretary, announced the government would look into setting up such a helpline.
It seems like a relatively simple thing to do, doesn't it?
“It is totally unacceptable that a year after they promised to set up a 999-style blackout hotline there is still no number for households to call – and at the current rate there won’t be one next winter either,”
“It only takes three years to build a power station, so there’s no reason why it should take so long to get a helpline up and running.”
Well, quite. So why the hold up?
A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said the ENA was in the lead on this issue and that setting up a three-digit helpline took time because it involved negotiating with the EU.
What..?! Why? I mean, for the love of God, what business is it of the EU? Must they have a finger in every pie?
An ENA spokesman said it had always intended an April 2016 launch and this two-year process compared favourably with the nine years it took to set up non-emergency numbers for the police and NHS.
Need to get out that film and watch it again.
When it was proposed to bomb dams in Germany, the squadron formed for the purpose was initially called Squadron X.
The Air Ministry eventually allocated them a 3-digit number- but only after they had developed the bouncing bomb, trained to drop it, and dropped it.
The propect of presenting "Squadron X" to the King and Queen concentrated someone's mind.
In his memoirs, Sir Arthur Harris referred to loyal, dedicated and hard-working civil servants at the Air Ministry whose work was of more value to Germany than to England. One such man, he wrote, was worth an entire division.
If the power cut was widespread would it not also knock out the telephone system? or does that draw its power from a separate grid?
Soon to be an ex-spokesman...
Politicians will usually take any sort of flak rather than admit that any problem is the fault of the EU.
Given that they would usually throw their own grandmothers under a bus rather then shoulder any blame themselves one wonders what hold the EU has over them.
XX I mean, for the love of God, what business is it of the EU? Must they have a finger in every pie? XX
They do not. But it is a useful "Get out of jail free" card for any Government department that makes a cock up, and needs someone to blame other than themselves.
"The propect of presenting "Squadron X" to the King and Queen concentrated someone's mind."
"If the power cut was widespread would it not also knock out the telephone system?"
I've had power cuts that didn't affect the phone so yes. Of course, a lot of people now use mobiles rather than have a landline.
So maybe charging would be an issue?
"...one wonders what hold the EU has over them."
The prospect of a seat on the gravy train, I suspect.
"...it is a useful "Get out of jail free" card for any Government department that makes a cock up, and needs someone to blame other than themselves."
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