The government, driven by the European Parliament, in an attempt to meet the commitments on climate change made under the Kyoto protocol, introduced the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, first published in 2002. This enhanced building regulations, and established the energy certification schemes for residential and work places.
The result of which, in many cases, and it should be noted that these powers are being widened, is that we are forced to live and work in buildings which are in effect hermetically sealed, which have now been identified by the experts as death traps.
The building regulations complying with the rules and regulations of the ‘directive’, are designed to ‘save the planet’. However they appear to have little regard for the people who have to live and work in them. The simple conclusion, according to the medics and scientists, must be that Brussels and the Government which introduced these building regulations which are mandatory, have created unhealthy living and working spaces which are responsible for an unhealthy population, and no doubt an additional strain on the NHS.
The days when we lived in houses with windows which did not fit, and every room had an open fire place which allowed the rooms to breathe, there were gaps in the rafters and a jolly good draft throughout the house are over.
Well not everywhere. Ote Hall must be an environmentalist’s worst nightmare. There are gaps in the rafters and some walls, excellent ventilation even when the windows are shut, outer doors which have a good inch gap beneath, and almost every room has an open fireplace. So with any luck we should remain a healthy lot!
It is all very well telling us we should get fit and live healthier lives; and I am sure the latest effort to persuade everyone to eat less and exercise more, is well intended. But if we do all of that and then sit in sanitised, air tight homes and offices, breathing in all kinds of noxious toxins, we certainly will not live long enough to enjoy our ultra-thin toned bodies.
I would not be at all surprised if before long the Government faces thousands of compensation claims as people realise that their failing health is partly connected to these directives, which have trapped them in homes and workplaces which are making them ill, and shortening life expectancy.
It is no doubt a worthy cause to reduce energy consumption, eliminating energy wastage, and improving efficiency. But, should the planet take precedence over the health and wellbeing of the people? It will be interesting to see if the two opposing sides of this dilemma take note that they are pulling in different directions. Time will tell.
It is surely doubtful that any club which has Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell as members will attract a following. David Cameron must be mortified and deeply worried to see they have joined his team.
And the more I hear of foreign leaders such as Barrack Obama and Angela Merkel, and Jean-Claude Junker the President of the European Commission directing the British public on how to vote in the referendum, the more inclined I and many others will do the opposite.
Mr Cameron has turned his attention on the farming community, and has now said farmers will receive support from the UK Government, if we leave the EU. However he also said we would lose £330 million a year in beef and lamb exports. Can he be sure? Has he told his friends across the Channel not to trade with us in the future? Has Mrs Merkel promised him that she will tell her manufacturers and industrialists not to sell us their cars and other products?
I rather doubt any of the above is true or will happen. I think the Prime Minister is desperate and clutching at straws, as he knows farmers are an independent bunch, who have had enough of red tape and bureaucracy, and will stand up for our democracy and sovereignty. Yes, there are those who are concerned for their immediate financial future, but I would hazard a guess the majority will vote to protect our independence.