We\’ve Been Here Before

Sigh.

Drinking bottled water is almost morally indefensible, a government minister has suggested in a scathing attack on the industry.

Phil Woolas, the Environment Minister, said it was daft that six million litres of bottled water were drunk every day in Britain when safe tap water was universally and cheaply available. His comments echoed concerns among environmentalists, who believe that the packaging, transportation and disposal of bottled water products creates unnecessarily high carbon-dioxide emissions.

Even the Shadow Minister leaps aboard this bandwagon:

He received unexpected backing from Peter Ainsworth, the Shadow Environment Secretary, who agreed that the industry and consumers had big moral questions to answer.

“I don’t think Phil Woolas is wrong,” he said. “Huge amounts are imported from other countries — some now ludicrously from the Far East. This is an ecological nightmare and it doesn’t make economic sense either. It certainly raises questions about the basis on which we have constructed our economic lives. By any rational standard it’s crazy to be importing water from countries far away when there’s perfectly good water in our taps.

“It looks like the epiphany of any unsustainable human activity. I think as consumers we should consider the impact we have on the environment. If they think about it they might change their behaviour.”

So, umm, how big a problem is it?

"Well, I\’ve worked it out, very roughly, you know, just some mental arithmetic and it seems that banning bottled water would save 0.008% of the UK\’s emissions over a year."

Vitally important, don\’t you think? It\’s about the same as the emissions from lager.

How did we end up being ruled by fuckwits?

14 comments on “We\’ve Been Here Before

  1. Strangely the people who buy bottled water tend to be environmentalists. Friends of mine who constantly lecture me on global warming and recycling only drink bottled water.

  2. “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

    Plato

    Tim adds: Is this the right time to point out that I’ve just joined UKIP and will be (at least attempting to) standing as a cnadidate for them?

  3. The only phukwit is the person who doesnt realize that every step towards the reduction of pollution is a step in the right direction. One as simple as turning your tap on instead of using bottled water is ridiculously easy to do.. Tim’s probably one of those a holes who cant raise his arm 2 inches to use his blinker when hes driving…. Lord help us all if everyone thought like you…

  4. “The only phukwit is the person who doesnt realize that every step towards the reduction of pollution is a step in the right direction.”

    It’s a step in the right direction only if it reduces pollution. But what’s the right direction? Switching to ethanol?

    The trouble is, the environmental movement take no time to understand the facts and do the analysis.

  5. How will we be able to vote for you Timmy?

    Tim adds: Well, first step is that you’ll need to be a UKIP member, in the SW Region. That’s how you’ll be able to vote for (or against!) my being selected as a candidate.

  6. Just looked up the UKIP and was very impressed I would imagine this party has not been tainted by association with the run-in-the-woods-with-automatic-weaponry nutjob faction that dogs the Libertarian Party in the US. Should any candidate need further arguments against membership in the EU on the regulatory front, please just let me know.

  7. “Just looked up the UKIP and was very impressed I would imagine this party has not been tainted by association with the run-in-the-woods-with-automatic-weaponry nutjob faction that dogs the Libertarian Party in the US.”

    *cough* Kilroy-Silk *cough*

    Tim adds: Err, he’s gone.

  8. “Tim adds: Err, he’s gone.”

    I think he allowed Cameron to call UKIP “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists, mostly”. It takes a long time to shake off a perception.

    It’s true that Nigel Farage talks a lot of sense and has gone a long way to exorcise the shade of Kilroy-Silk.

  9. Tim,

    This may seem odd – but the two of us? Members of the same party?

    Do I hear the sound of lions lying down with lambs? And panthers with kids?

    Tim adds: I know, a broad church, ain’t it? I’ve had this discussionette with Nigel Farage: my views on immigration are rather different, for example, from your own and perhaps many others in UKIP. But given that none of us can do anything at all about the subject until we’ve left the EU unite until then.

  10. Oh bugger…

    Can’t I persuade you to stand for the North East instead? I’m in Northumberland. Our incumbent (LibDem) MEP is as appetising as a plate of damp cardigans. My only link with the SW is my Uncle’s ashes in Bournemouth cemetary. I don’t think that will get me on the electoral register.

    If I can’t vote for you Timmy, I might vote for the BNPeeeee…

    (I think that’s called immoral blackmail, I wonder if it works.)

  11. Martin,
    “But given that none of us can do anything at all about the subject until we’ve left the EU unite until then.”

    I quite agree. No need to go slitting eachother’s throats quite yet…

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