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MatC
158619.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:22 am Reply with quote

I canít find a source for this at the moment - other than by quoting myself, which isnít even going to convince me, frankly - but one of the first scandals of the first Labour government was the fact that Prime Minister Ramsay McDonald was rumoured to own his own motor car.

Clearly, this was proof of corruption. The idea that someone as humble as a mere PM - with no private means - might keep his own motor was unthinkable. It confirmed the fears and sneers of the establishment: that Labour men, being unmoneyed, would be unable to resist dipping their hands in the till once they had control of the shop. Thatís why it was best to elect wealthy men, who would not suffer such temptations.

It turned out that a wealthy sympathiser (female, needless to say; MacDonald had a lot of female sympathisers of a certain age) had donated the car.

 
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159276.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:53 am Reply with quote

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MatC
159278.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:55 am Reply with quote

Water, I suppose!

 
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MatC
159282.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:03 am Reply with quote

Oh, yes ... Let me try again. (I'll just dump these chips first, they're horrible).

Since water is also available free, buying it in bottles must count as an extreme example of extravagance. Bit like Flash and his school fees, perhaps; even though you can get something for free, you prefer to pay for it. Itís the sign of a pathologically generous nature, possibly.

 
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Flash
159326.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:20 am Reply with quote



They changed the petrol, and it went away - actually quite a good example of constructive governmental eco-action to throw in the faces of the nay-sayers.

 
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Gray
159379.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:26 am Reply with quote

Quite good BBC article on it:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6449059.stm
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The use of catalytic converters in cars, of flue gas desulphurisation - a process whereby sulphur is turned into neutral calcium sulphates - in power plants, and the switch to low-sulphur forms of coal and to natural gas, were cutting emissions.

According to the Swedish NGO Secretariat on Acid Rain, land-based sulphur emissions in Europe dropped from 53m tonnes in 1980 to 14m in 2003.

 

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