Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tory Tourism Minister ? supports interests of tourism in Lighter Later Bill

NB this has been updated, updates in [square brackets] as John Penrose feels his views were not accurately represented.

My MP John Penrose is Minister of Tourism. His office tells me that he  believes in the Lighter  Later bill that is coming to a vote on Friday, which would give the country an extra hour of sunlight by settting our clocks to GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer. We would still put our clocks forward in spring and back in autumn, but the sun would rise and set one hour later throughout the year, which would mean that more people are up and around when there is daylight.

John Penrose accepts that this would indeed be good for tourism, but [his researcher told me] that he feels we need more debate on the issue. [I took this to mean that he would vote against; it turns out that in fact he voted for, for which I thank him, and apologise for the error in the original post].

I responded that given the crap media we have in this country a sensible informed debate is not possible, but that is his position, as [provided to me by his office].

[There is, in certain quarters, a call for "More Consultation" on the DSB. I hope this does not mean long delays, that prevent changes happening in autumn 2011].

Delaying this decision for a year means:
  • 500,000 more tonnes of CO2 in the air
  • 100 lives lost due to road traffic accidents in dark evenings
  • which will cost the NHS £140,000,000
  • higher electricity bills
  • 70,000 new jobs lost
  • more crime
  • More SAD
But still, the [political] instinct is to delay, temporise and obfuscate, with the country held to ransom by the Tory dominated tabloid press [though Weggis below informs me that the Express is supportive].

[The only substantive objection to Lighter Later is that the Scots and Northern Irish would have very dark mornings. The blindingly obvious response to this is for them to have a different time zone. It is ridiculous for them to continue to hold the country to ransom as they have in the past. Especially the Scots, with their fabled desire for independence].

[With all the updates, this is a pretty clunky post. I have written a full letter to John Penrose, and will put it up if he agrees.]


weggis said...

The Daily Express is not Tory?
Woooo! I must have a lie down!

DocRichard said...

Blimey, the Express is backing the lighter Later campaign. How did you find that out? All is not lost then.

But the Daily Fail can be trusted to mess up, can it not?