Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Spies Like Us
We are now being reminded in an increasingly shrill manner by Nanny and her chums in the water companies that we are facing a drought.
The region that is expected to be worst hit is the South East.
I am more than supportive of efforts to ensure that we save water, and don't waste this scarce resource. There may of course be a few questions that could be thrown at Nanny and the water companies, as to why the water delivery system in the UK is so leaky and as to whether more could have been done earlier to avert this situation.
However, what sticks in the throat is Nanny's desire to get us to report each other for using hose pipes etc. More than 1,600 neighbours have reported each other for breaking hosepipe bans in the South East.
Southern Water, which serves two million customers, said 1,533 had reported people for breaking the ban which was imposed last summer.
Proactively encouraging people to spy and report on each other is reminiscent of Nazi and Stalinist dictatorships.
Britain should be above such behaviour.