Free! – NO smart meters are no more free than Brexit will enable £m’s to be ploughed into the NHS

It’s while since I have commented on smart meters, which I’ve be highly sceptical of for a long time now, but this article in the Daily Telegraph nails one aspect of the push to install them which has caught out those planning the programme. Please see the link below:-

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/26/adverts-governments-smart-meter-roll-banned-claiming-devices/

If ever there was a Government project that went off half-cock this must be high on the list. What with non-compatible smart meters that meant you could not change to some energy suppliers (yes they really were on the market), the possibility of them being hacked and now a story about them being ‘free’ when they are costing us all a small fortune no wonder folks look upon them with great suspicion.

I recall when our house was being rewired in 2011 that a very old electricity meter had to be replaced. The installer said to me that it won’t be in for long as you’ll have a smart meter by 2015. It’s now late 2018 and we haven’t got one. The nearest it has got was a rather odd phone call a few weeks back when I was asked by goodness knows who whether I wanted one. Whether the call was genuine or not I was never going to agree to one being installed by a phone call or a knock at our door.

Sorry, still a sceptic whose paying for a meter we’ve not got and on balance would rather not have until they are tried and tested.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Japanese Knotweed, Foxhouse Lane Maghull and Charles Walker

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/25/japanese-knotweedcannot-cured-major-study-tried-19-methods-finds/

The Daily Telegraph has the article on its web site – see link above

My dear friend Cllr. Charles Walker, who died in January 2017, devoted quite a bit of energy into trying to push Railtrack/Network Rail to kill off an infestation of Japanese Knotweed in Maghull’s Foxhouse Lane. It seemed to be a tough task which needed deep invasive treatment of the ground on a yearly basis and he had to keep on at them to do the work.

I guess from what we now read, getting rid of Knotweed is all but impossible?

Left & Right Unite to put skids under May’s Government

www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/13/tories-obr-debt-recession-brexit-uk

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/12/theresa-mays-government-could-come-apart-like-chocolate-orange/

The links above take you to the the left leaning Guardian and the right wing Telegraph newspaper web sites.

Whilst the stories in themselves are not linked they both illustrate the precarious nature of Teresa May’s weak and wobbly government and the threat that we all face from a hard Brexit (supported by opposition Labour as well of course) and that huge deficit that the UK is carrying around on its back.

Add into that the inevitability of another recession within the next 5 years and frankly it could depress the most optimistic of us.

Going for Brexit in financially good times would be a huge challenge but going down that route in the mess that the UK’s finances are presently in is surely complete madness.

My thanks to Roy Connell & Keith Page for the leads to this posting

Back to the energy smart meters

www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11975065/Smart-meters-will-cost-11bn-but-youll-be-lucky-if-yours-saves-you-30.html

The Daily Telegraph has the story – see link above

‘Smart meters will cost £11bn – but you’ll be lucky if yours saves you £30

My friend and regular contributor to this bog site, Roy Connell, has been tracking the progress of smart meters for quite some time as readers may be aware from previous postings.

Roy has been sceptical of the claims made about such meters and it seems he is probably right to be such a sceptic.

Labour to allow more homes to be built on Green Belt!

A new policy review for Labour by Sir Michael Lyons has suggested that the party looks at allowing more homes to be built on the green belt if the land has little “environmental or amenity value”.

The Daily Telegraph has the story – see link below

www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/planning/11169967/Revealed-Labour-plans-to-build-on-the-Green-Belt-if-it-wins-election.html

Another depressing report that shows how out of touch Westminster really is. Building on high grade agricultural land is madness!

Leahy: Britain undersells its regional cities

Sir Terry Leahy explains in the Telegraph why he believes that the UK’s regional cities are being undersold and remain hidden in London’s shadow. He says that if we are to rebalance the economy then we need to get better at articulating our strengths and demonstrating the unique opportunities of doing business in British cities. He adds that most of the UK’s regional cities are well equipped with talent and capital but what are the missing is the boldness and belief to unlock potential and capitalise on the growth opportunity.

The Daily Telegraph, Business, Page: 2 (27th May)

– But Liverpool undermines itself

Well yes, but in Liverpool/Merseyside the big problem is appalling political leadership with Labour Council Leaders at war with each other as to whom is going to be the local top dog. I saw it first hand when I was Leader of Sefton Council – then it was all about trying to unseat the Labour Chairman of Merseytravel. Now it’s a damaging row about which Labour Council Leader/Elected Mayor is going to be top dog. It’s gone on for years on Merseyside and Labour’s factionalism has been to the obvious gain of Greater Manchester just down the East Lancs Road/M62.

With thanks to the LGiU