Those of us who grew up in the days before ‘central heating’, relying on the kitchen range, open fires, and hot water bottles, will cope. Younger generations will find it harder to get used to wearing extra layers, hats, scarves, warm coats, and gloves.
Centers offering ‘free coats’ are opening, and we all have coats no longer used which can benefit others. Local to us is The Coat Exchange at the Town Council, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath.
Some Government’s net zero targets are being viewed as impractical. They discriminate in many cases against those living in the countryside, says Tim Bonner, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance. He is challenging the government’s policy on household heating which plans to ban replacing oil and liquid gas boilers from as soon as 2026, forcing anyone not on the gas grid to spend an extra £11,000 installing a heat pump.
Households on the gas grid in towns and cities will not face a ban until 2035, and only then if heat pumps have fallen to the same price as a gas boiler. Those of us living in homes using oil or liquid gas, have not been offered that option.
Bias targeted at those living in rural areas does not stop there. The total ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 will affect those whose work includes travelling long distancing, often hauling livestock, work materials and much else besides. The idea of having to plan one’s day according to where one can hook up to a succession of chargers is a nonsense.
Today the sight of broken-down vehicles by the side of the road is rare. I rather suspect when we become reliant on batteries, abandoned or stationary vehicles will once again become a common sight.
Those consumed by narcissism and envy struggle through life, feel bitter and hard done by while at the same time believing they should be the center of attention. We all know such individuals and although we find them trying, we feel sorry for them.
It is rare to find a couple displaying these unfortunate characteristics. Those who knew the ‘old’ Harry, who was gentle, kind, thoughtful and deeply loving and loyal to his family, are heartbroken to see the man he has become. Megan no one knows, but the Royal Family and the country opened their arms and welcomed her when she married Harry.
The British Monarchy is the glue which holds this great nation together. The late Queen Elizabeth, His Majesty and the Royal Family are held in the highest esteem, not only by the British public but across the world.
It is worth remembering that today’s headlines are tomorrow’s fire lighters!