Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Whilst the postman may well ring twice, Nanny's special little team of "advisers" will keep ringing and ringing and ringing and ringing until you jolly well open the door and speak to them.
Next year Nanny will launch upon the entire nation an army of "travel advisers", paid for out of our own pockets of course.
This private army will be doorstepping all of us in an attempt to "educate" and "persuade" us about the benefits of switching from driving to walking, cycling and public transport.
Now, if like me, you tend to avoid opening the door to people such as "religious types", government officials, sales people and other assorted riff raff you may well be thinking that it will be a simple matter to avoid interacting with Nanny's little army.
If you are out, they will keep coming back and will call up to ten times, even in the evenings or at weekends.
I call that harassment, were a cold calling company (such as Contact4) to do it they would be getting my boot firmly implanted in their posterior (see what I did to Contact4 here).
It seems that Nanny changes the rules to suit herself.
Anyhoo, Nanny's little army will ask you about your travel habits and will offer advice tailored to your journeys, including maps for walking and bus timetables.
If you appear unconvinced, they will offer incentives such as discounts at local bike shops and outdoor stores and free pedometers to measure how far you are walking.
A study by the Department for Transport found that the biggest challenge faced by the advisers was overcoming initial suspicion on the doorstep. It said:
"Door-to-door contact is often associated
with double-glazing sales and therefore
is not always particularly well received.
A non-accusatory but assertive manner is required."
Hmmmm...I look forward to my encounter with an "assertive" representative of Nanny on my doorstep.
Maybe I should film it?
Aside from the intrusion and busybody nature of this project, there is one very large fly in Nanny's oinkment.
The public transport system in the UK is shite..most especially in London...how the fark are you meant to squeeze more people on the trains, tube and buses at peak times without adding more carriages and services?
As ever, this little idea of Nanny's is badly thought through.
Our money well wasted!