EU Green Pinocchio & Road Safety Directiives destroying UK Industry, Plus Crippling Local Authority Budgets !

I have collated extracts from my past articles to illustrate how EU policy has destroyed parts of our automotive industry since the Carbon Dioxide causes run away Global Warming fraud since the 1980s, the Ford Truck plant at Langley near Heathrow Airport being one of the earlier casualties.

The Corporate Subversion of Local Government Pt1
Posted on June 24, 2014

I suppose that my suspicions about the integrity of Lancashire County Council Environment Directorate policy were first raised in 1989 when LCC decided to replace its long standing fleet of Ford D-Series 13 ton gross short wheelbase drop side tippers with 3.5 ton gross twin wheel Transit van based tippers. The old Ford’s did need replacing and they already had a few later model Cargo SWB 13 ton tippers already and the logical thing to do would have been to replace like for like, said SWB tippers would carry an 8 ton load and were really useful tools for the work the council did.

Jobs like collecting 8 tons of tarmac for hand lay jobs just enough for a gang to lay in a morning or afternoon as a repair to the side of a minor road before the whole road was resurfaced with cheap yet effective tar spray and blue metamorphic grit-stone chippings, which the 8 ton tipper collected from the strategic chipping dumps around the area at that time. The same principle applied to footpaths, load of 20mm bit base course in the morning, back to the local quarry for 6mm dense bit for the surface in the afternoon, they also had a few Massey Ferguson 135 tractors pulling tipping trailers for short trip small jobs with a bucket on the front to load the chippings from the dumps onto the 8 tonners in the summer season and any muck shifting jobs throughout the year.

I expect that most people were glad to see the back of the tractors which were a menace travelling to their jobs in a morning and then back at late afternoon, and all the LCC drivers could see the Transit policy was lunacy when they had to tip off to be legal after loading the minimum 1.5 ton batch out of No1 and 3 under the tar plant at Horrocksford. Perhaps nobody complained too much because they were still getting HGV driving rates of pay although they probably lost the unofficial perk of getting a few quid for any tar left over from someone who could make use of it instead of taking it to the tip.

The result was that all the old county 8 ton tipper work was given to the quarry and LCC had to pay the minimum haulage rate for 10 tons for most jobs which eventually led to private contractors getting most of the council work because they used at least 7.5 ton no HGV tippers which could carry 4 tons. Another possible alleged unintended consequence was that it gave Ford the excuse they needed to close its Langley truck plant and sell the land close to Heathrow as part of its collaboration with IVECO and take all the Cargo tools to the US and build it there and sell it successfully for many years after.

Something similar happened to LDV as I was informed when I went on a locally organised coach trip to the Motor Show around 1999 and got talking to the old guy on the LDV stand then still selling the old 1970s Leyland design Sherpa van. They had made some minor improvements like using plastic for the bonnet instead of potentially rotting steel but it was clear that its main Achilles heel was it 1900 Peugeot diesel engine which had replaced the original BMC engine and made it well underpowered by then standards, the heavier twin wheel derivative had a Ford engine as used in its main competitor the Transit.

They had considered using a turbo version of the 1900 engine but their main problem was that several big Labour controlled local authorities had excluded them from tendering for fleet contracts because the Sherpa didn’t have all the very latest safety bullshit like side air bags etc.

LDV were basically forced to invest in a completely new design which probably lost them the price competitiveness they once had and perhaps the significant small trader market they had didn’t like the new front wheel drive design anyway so as soon as the new model went into production they were basically trading insolvent. They thought they were saved when a Russian oligarch stepped in and perhaps bought all their outstanding liabilities for £1 or something similar like in many cases, but the new design wasn’t selling and they closed down anyway.

Meanwhile the oligarch had taken all the old tools to build the Sherpa to Russia and with a few minor mostly cosmetic to make it look more modern alterations and a new state of the art small powerful Cummins engine to successfully sell it Russian markets.

Skip back in time to 1991 when I was working at Ribble ( Stagecoach ) Clitheroe depot which was under threat of closure in order for the site to be sold to build posh houses but perhaps survived after I started because of the simple things I did like checking the engine oil properly and topping up with the correct amount instead of the previous practice of putting a full gallon in whether it needed it or not.

As usual I digress but getting back to the government subversion angle around 1991 the then Tory government transport minister ( perhaps Ken Clarke ) allowed local councils to install traffic calming measures despite the fact that it broke all the original department of transport rules as based on experience. However, it was Labour and Lib-Dem controlled local authorities who were the most enthusiastic to take up the new idea and none more so than Labour controlled Hyndburn as then led by a now long dead quasi-religious socialist old guy from Gt Harwood, likewise Blackburn and Burnley and there particularly in poor Asian dominated areas.

The Alleged Unintended Consequences of the Carbon Dioxide Causes Climate Change Scam !
Posted on January 19, 2013

Anybody who worked in an outside job through the late 1980s and early 1990s could probably have been forgiven for believing the media hype about how man made Co2 was causing Global Warming and that urgent action had to be taken to reduce emissions, or so the environmental NGO’s like FoE and WWF would tell everyone. I must admit that I myself was a believer, I even wrote to Friends of the Earth pointing out that the traffic calming they were promoting at least doubled pollution, especially the toxic type it has since been established that traffic calming increases Co2 by 83% and NOX ( the stuff that gives you asthma ) by 37%. In 1995 I wrote an article about it increasing pollution and sent it by snail mail to FoE, I waited a couple of weeks but received no reply so I rang their office and asked if they had received it, pointing out what it was about and was then basically told to get stuffed and the phone was slammed down on me.

By the time I had got my first internet access in 1996 I had written to every alleged environmental charity in the country and again not one single reply, I also wrote to Peg Alexander then leader of the fledgling Green party on other transport issues pointing out how to reduce emissions and costs on transport and how to get more freight on the railways based on my experience from time exploring in New Zealand and before that Australia. Again no reply as if it had never been written so I did start to seriously question the true motives behind the green movement.

I did eventually get a response from Greenpeace who simply said they didn’t care about the extra pollution just so it aggravated people so much that they walked, cycled, or took the train / bus, needless to say for anyone with a true road safety culture if anyone had deliberately set out to design death traps for cyclists they could hardly have done a better job of it than traffic calming.

It may in fact lead to a situation where said cyclist would cause more traffic pollution than what he would have done if he had caught the bus instead and the new junctions in towns with cycling priority encourage the potentially dangerous practice of passing a left turning HGV on the nearside, if you get run over by an HGV or bus at 5 Mph it leaves you just as dead as it does at 50 Mph so 20 Mph Zones are pointless and cause an extra 10-15% pollution.

Of course the cynic would say that its all about getting people to pay more in road fuel tax as increased above the rate of inflation by the escalator, which in turn decimated our manufacturing industry ( especially up north ) during the late 1990s before it was brought under control by virtual riots. Apparently it left lots of older residents not that good at walking stranded and perhaps one subtle possible objective was to force them to move out from the home they owned outright into rented accommodation or even go into a private care home ?

As usual I digress but getting back to the government subversion angle around 1991 the then Tory government transport minister ( perhaps Ken Clarke ) allowed local councils to install traffic calming measures despite the fact that it broke all the original department of transport rules as based on experience. However, it was Labour and Lib-Dem controlled local authorities who were the most enthusiastic to take up the new idea and none more so than Labour controlled Hyndburn as then led by a now long dead quasi-religious socialist old guy from Gt Harwood, likewise Blackburn and Burnley and there particularly in poor Asian dominated areas.

Very soon after Hyndburn Corporation Transport was in financial difficulties, and I was later informed that a brilliant coachbuilder in his 30s I knew well who worked at Ribble Blackburn depot had been offered the job as chief coachbuilder at Hyndburn and taken it only to quit two weeks later because he couldn’t cope with the workload. Ribble had welcomed him back with open arms because he was so good at his job but they were already having problems with the long rear overhang on the National’s swiping keep left bollards even with their best drivers when people first stepped out into the road before bothering to look at junctions and they were forced to deviate from planed track.

Hyndburn Transport was particularly badly afflicted as all their fleet was coach built and wore out quick style as the new humps etc made the body flex so much so all the rivets soon worked lose and they were soon in dire straights. Despite being diametrically opposed to their theoretical socialist ideology the council were forced to sell out Hyndburn Transport for a pittance to Stagecoach complete with the big old original tram depot on a prime development site close to the town centre and especially the railway station.

Almost immediately Stagecoach closed down Hyndburn Transport and sold the depot which although in perfect condition and well suited to its original function was demolished and the land developed into a retail park, buses probably sold to Paul Sykes as scrap.

Blackburn Transport lasted considerably longer and they succumbed when the fleet needed replacement at the end of its natural life and perhaps difficulty getting spares even if they could have kept them longer, and eventually Stagecoach even got Burnley & Pendle although by then the Stagecoach group interests in Lancashire had been split into new various subsidiaries in a restructuring.

There was a big fuss in the local paper at Blackburn when one of the new private operators diverted one of the long standing services to avoid one particular key road with traffic calming after they could no longer cover the cost of the damage caused by the humps to the low floor alleged disabled access buses.

Perhaps if it were not for the influx of Polish bus drivers services would have been disrupted by a driver shortage as drivers were being scapegoated for accidents with pedestrians in new town centre layouts caused by the fact that it was impossible for the long wheelbase long front and rear overhang buses to negotiate the road without significantly impinging on the pavement. No problem for the Poles at they simply went home to avoid proceedings in what had by then become virtual Kangaroo courts as festered by media propaganda.

Open Letter to Lancashire County Council 26th June 2014

I now move onto EU directives enacted by DEFRA, particularly concerned with recycling and other aspects of waste management.

I did actually stand for election to the Chatburn parish council but there were not enough candidates willing to stand so I got on by default anyway and it was a useful experience and got me introduced to Mike Otter and the opportunity to quiz him about the new alleged super green waste composting plant they had built at Farrington. He told me that although the principle seemed to work well, the Environment Agency would not allow the resulting compost to be used on the land, and I can imagine why, as it was probably full of bits of plastic but he did offer me the opportunity of a site visit to see for myself although I never took him up on his offer.

I suspect that the whole project was yet another green fraud investment scam with the object of the exercise was for the Banks to cripple the LCC finances servicing the accompanying 2bn PFI contract, which like all the other PFI deals taken out by Labour for new hospitals and schools are a virtual welfare state for the stock market parasites. Whist I have forgotten most of the detail I read somewhere that there was a potentially bent deal on the transport contract associated with the new waste plant as well. ( LCC has since bought itself out of the said PFI contract for 20 million, plus mothballed the recycling centres and closed the accompanying Green tourist aspect )

Waste incineration must be the true environmentally sustainable way forward for waste management, It works well on the Isle of Man and produces 10% of their electricity baseload.

If the UK built local medium scale ( take all your household rubbish plus combustible stuff like the scrap tyres which are fly tipped everywhere ) waste incinerators to get the heat from the original fraction of oil the from the cheap plastic packaging which ensures we get food in good uncontaminated condition.

Its all about getting the heat back from the original fraction of oil, It could create a market for waste plastic and perhaps subsidise street and beach cleaning for local authorities. It would appear that the current private sector plastic recycling industry has run into some difficulties more recently, perhaps due to a lack of cheap transport empty containers going back to the Far East.

I expect that most of the alleged recycled plastic and paper is burn for fuel in the Far East, in a most environmentally unfriendly way when UK waste incinerators could have the latest flu gas scrubbing technology. It would appear that the current business plan for many private recycling companies has been to fill their warehouse to bursting, then set fire to it and claim on the insurance.

If said incinerators were built in rural areas near enough to the towns to make small refuse collection vehicles economic apart from generating potentially cheap electricity they could also use the waste heat for large scale greenhouses and grow most of the exotic stuff now popular and flown in at home and reduce our ever increasing balance of trade deficit.

Looking at the broader global picture its clear that the push for bio-fuel the green NGO’s were all pushing for in the 1990s has precipitated mass destruction of of rainforests especially the habitat of the Orangutan for Palm Oil which I am informed by a 1941 book has the highest calorific value of any vegetable oil and makes the best bio-diesel as under enforced use under an EU directive, similarly ethanol from Maize stealing food from the starving millions and inflating world cereal prices for the stock market parasite speculators yet again.

Just thinking about the UK Royal Train and how it used to have two dedicated fully refurbished and maintained to first class standards long paid for 1960s Brush Class 47’s. Perhaps they had to buy the ( on paper ) far more powerful 67’s and vastly increase the cost due to the interest on the extra capital investment for potential future head of the Church of England Prince Charles to posture to his Eco-Nazi New Age Baal and Green virtual Soddom & Gommora celebrity ( Graham Norton etc ) brethren.

If one of the 47’s failed using even the highest available calorific value Orangutan murdering Palm Oil its nowhere near as good as real diesel and a single 47 running on said biodiesel was not capable of keeping booked time. Plus they are even more expensively leasing the 67’s from the Germans and they were built in insolvent due to green policy Spain using US GM engines so lots of money to change for the stock market parasites !

Its all about generating false economic growth which in turn increases the financial apartheid between rich and poor which even in the UK could eventually precipitate regular riots for more false economic growth repairing the damage on the insurance if you can afford it. Its the same principle with wind farms, if the UK ever meet the EU target it could precipitate regular power cuts and cause anarchy in towns an cities unless we pay twice for our generation capacity.

Wind farms don’t save any Co2 if your primary objective is to keep the lights on 24/7/365. The special magnets in wind turbines use rare earth metals which have turned where they are made in China into the most toxic area on the entire planet. You probably use twice as much Copper for wind farms as conventional power plant generation so the stock market parasite speculators are snouts in the trough again.

The same toxic legacy from manufacture applies to Solar, and it must be immoral to plate over good productive UK agricultural land at the expense of the taxpayer in a world of starving millions.

Their latest investment scam is wood bio-mass which puts further pressure on the rainforests in that it probably makes chipboard more expensive in comparison to imported ply-wood, I almost had a heart attack when I got the bill for some softwood joinery, with hindsight perhaps it would have been cheaper to do the job in UPVC, again to the profit of the oil companies the eco-trendies claim to hate so much. It also inflates the price of everyday essentials like Bog Roll !

If only Green Pinocchio’s nose had been cut for timber, then perhaps we could have built ” Jerusalem ” in England’s green and pleasant land, not the virtual ” West Bank ” separation in a nation divided by financial apartheid we would appear to be heading for if current UK government policy is not changed entirely.

We can be lighter in our footprint on the ecology of our planet if we demand that consumer goods must last a lifetime if you look after them properly, perhaps the only legislation that would be needed would be a ban on consumer credit for anything that didn’t last at least 30 years, for example a car you bought in your 20s that you could hand on to your kids when they in turn passed their driving test ?

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