Northwest water issues water use warning letters
It has been revealed that United Utilities, the parent company of Northwest water, has today issued 90 warning letters to customers who are believed to be flaunting the hose pipe ban. It would appear that the company is acting upon information obtained by employees and from complaints by the public although it is unclear whether there is some kind of "big brother" situation materialising. Is it fair for members of the public to be reported for using water?
Over the last few years we have become accustomed to various water shortages up and down the country when on the surface it would appear that the climate in the UK has remained relatively stable. Many experts believe that there is a need for further investment into the repair of water pipes with literally thousands of gallons of water escaping each and every day. Despite the fact that water companies have invested significant amounts of money in this area there is still much work to be done and in the meantime it looks as though customers are paying the price.
The introduction of yet another "big brother is watching" scenario is not something which the UK public will appreciate and there will be calls for the UK government to clamp down on overt monitoring of the public.
BA increases fuel surcharge
British Airways (BA) has increased its fuel surcharge on long-haul flights.The carrier blamed rising oil prices for the increase, which is due to be implemented from Wednesday May 2nd.Passengers travelling on long-haul flights of less than nine hours will see their £30 surcharge increase by ten per cent, while the surcharge on flights over nine hours will increase to £38.Although admitting that...Read More
Lord Mandelson suggest UK workers move overseas
Lord Mandelson has today enraged union activists and Labour Party members with his declaration that "those workers not happy in the UK can work overseas". His statement was issued to try and dampen a potentially hazardous situation for the UK government but has instead inflamed the emotions and opinions of those involved on the ground. A number of senior Labour MPs and senior Labour supporters hav...Read More
Even the National Lottery is struggling!
Yesterday's national lottery draw, which was expected to yield a £4.2 million jackpot, was hit by a serious technical glitch which saw a number of outlets throughout the UK unable to log on and sell tickets for the draw. Even the website was down for much of the day as consumers struggled to place their "favourite numbers" and tempers began to flare.
Despite the technical glitch, w...
Gambling really is a mug's game!
While the impact of increased gambling activity has worn off somewhat as the recession drags on there is no doubt there was a significant increase in both traditional gambling and for example the lottery when the UK first entered the economic downturn. It seems as though many people were willing to take a last throw of the dice to try and win that life changing sum of money even though the odds on...Read More
Cold weather raises gas use by 18%
The cold weather in the first four months of 2013 has meant that gas use in the UK was 18pc higher than that of the same period in 2012, according to British Gas. Electricity use was also reported to be higher, with a rise of 3pc. According to the Met Office, the average temperature throughout the winter months was colder than that of 2012, while the month of March had the second coldest averag...Read More