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Friday, 22 August 2014

EU provokes Mumsnet

The EU has ridden rough-shod over dairy farmers, fishermen, car restorers, traditional boaters and has left half the nation bathed in the Stygian green gloom of inefficient low-energy lamps, but has it bitten off more than it can chew in imposing feeble hoovers on the united forces of Mumsnet?

In a two-stage process under which all vacuum cleaners over 900w will be banned, the first tranche of Berlaymont fiddling with people's lives comes with a ban on Britain's most popular hoovers. As any hoover user knows, you need power on demand to suck efficiently for the half the time that the bag is over 50% full.

This is something my 30-year old VAX does perfectly - especially as I replaced the 1000w motor not a year ago. But then the EU doesn't care about encouraging machines that are so robust and well-designed that they don't need replacing every other year. I'm astonished they haven't made maintaining your own vacuum cleaner illegal yet, with the same legislation favouring the big global corporates that drives all the EU's restrictive laws.


DeeDee99 said...

If a hoover doesn't suck efficiently for long enough, you empty it and continue cleaning - using energy for a longer period.

Do the fcukwits in the EU really not understand that you have decent suction and get the job done in a shorter period of time ..... or you take far longer getting it done. Either way, it WILL be done and energy will be expended to do it.

They'll be banning hoovers, electric irons, dishwashers, food processors etc before long .... and sending us back to the 19h century.

Raedwald said...

I don't think they will ban - the whole idea is to make it more profitable for the corporates.

The globals reduce the materials cost in hoovers by 15% (particularly much less copper) and what's the betting that retail prices will rise by 10% for the 'energy efficient' models? It's a corporate con. With built-in obsolescent electronics designed to fail after a year, to boot.

Anonymous said...

Another idea to justify their tax paid for salaried existence.

This is bureaucracy's digging holes and filling them in.

This will be forgot about when exposed to the real world.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't have thought the Mumsnet battalions would concern themselves with vacuuming. That's a job for the help, surely.

Anonymous said...

It's nigh on impossible to get your hands on some brass fittings so I can burn 100% watt incandescent light bulbs.

Fucking EU, fucking CE bollocks.

Raedwald said...

Anon - try

I get cloth covered lamp cord and bits and bobs with which to restore my ancient table lamps and ceiling pendants here - all safe, and all burning incandescent lamps

Anonymous said...

That's a real help R, thank you sir.

Anonymous said...

All such directives should be written down as one-liners and used in the next UKIP campaign to get us out.
They are adding up at a prodigeous rate!

Ed P said...

The EU sucks!

Weekend Yachtsman said...

The point is, they need to get ALL domestic appliances replaced fairly soon, because the new ones will all have the requisite gizmos installed so that they talk nicely to your smart meter, and allow themselves to be shut down when someone more important needs the electricity and the wind isn't blowing strongly enough.

Simple really, and it's amazing so few people have realised what's going on.

Dan said...

What I dare say will happen is that whilst domestic-rated vacuums will comply, commercial-rated ones will still be available. Every vacuum that doesn't comply will be miraculously transformed into a commercial cleaning product and will carry on being sold, albeit with a knowing nod.

That's what happened with incandescent light bulbs, so it'll happen here too.

Peter Ward said...

I read about this plan on the BBC website. I had no idea previously. I've therefore bought a 2200W Miele to replace our existing 1600W Miele that's lasted about 15 years so far and shows few signs of dying (it's a bit noisier than it used to be, that's all). So between the two of them, I should have a decent vacuum cleaner until they cart me off to the nursing home.