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Keeping a sense of proportion, Scottish style.

The WWF - the one associated with furry creatures rather than blokes in lycra - is probably regarded by most of us as a fairly vanilla organisation that gets on with being nice to pandas and the like. However, sticking to one's knitting is rarely in vogue for long when it comes to NGOs, as that does not get one's face in the papers or create a stir over 'ishoos'. So, over to The Scotsman for this piece of arrant nonsense:

"Homeowners who do not to take action to improve the energy efficiency of their properties should be treated as criminals, one of the country's most influential environmentalists said last night. Dr Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland, believes tough measures are needed to force people to cut their use of fossil fuels and thinks governments should consider making it a crime for members of the public not to take measures such as installing cavity wall installation...Dr Dixon said: "I think it should be a crime to be wasting energy. It's clearly a moral crime against the climate, and I think we should be having a discussion about whether it should become an actual crime...Dr Dixon...suggested the penalty for not having the likes of cavity wall insulation should be to have the work forcibly carried out, and then for the home owner to be landed with the bill".

What next, the stocks for people who leave the hall light on?

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Anonymous Anonymous said... 7:21 am

The WWF might be associated (in peoples' minds) with furry creatures but it's a long time since that was all they did - if it was ever the case.

There are some mighty odd skeletons rattling around in that cupboard?

As for Dr. Whatsisface, I believe the appropriate questions would be (1) what authority do you have? (2) who elected you to hold it? and (3) how do we get rid of you?

Or just laugh at him.  

Anonymous formertory said... 7:33 am

Scotland's full of self-regarding people who want to tell everyone else how to live. Even compared with England it has a problem. It's what happens when the State controls / employs / pays for just about everything, as it does here.


Blogger Croydonian said... 8:55 am

Anon - I think pointing and laughing would be the winner, as it would prompt 'the guid doctor' to impotent fury.

FT - our Caledonian chums are plagued with those types, but from experience they are plenty of fine Scots chafing against same too.  

Blogger Calfy said... 9:18 am

Surely the government won't pay any attention to him.

Quite aside from the fact that a director of WWF Scotland is worryingly authoritarian, nobody has yet in discussion or debate convinced me that wasting energy is not amoral and I'm fairly sure the same goes for him. Why doesn't somebody give it a try?  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 8:50 am

OK Calfy I'll give it a go.

1. I pay my own bills

2. You don't have to subsidise me


3. It's none of your business what I spend my money on.

Is that moral enough for you?  

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