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Green Deal No Deal - Josh 243

Sunday before last there was an interesting story by Jonathan Leake in the Sunday Times. He writes "The Green Deal, the government’s flagship home energy-saving scheme, which was meant to create up to 60,000 jobs by 2015, has instead caused up to 7,000 redundancies, with more likely to follow."

You can read more The GWPF here or at the Sunday Times here.

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Shades of Spain

Oct 28, 2013 at 5:51 PM | Unregistered Commentersunderlandsteve


Parody needs to mimic original, at least to the extent the audience can perceive the original expression. Therefore, if one has to make the original expression unperceivable in order to avoid infringement, there is no way to create parody as a logical consequence.

Would have been better with a right to left 'S' type queue

Oct 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

I guess that '7,000 redundancies' is a net figure.

There were certainly plenty of 'Training Companies' & 'Accreditation Companies' set up. And, even more Bandwagon-Jumpers, who thought, or were promised, rich rewards.

House sellers have to pay for the mandatory Energy Performance Certificate provided by a surveyor who's probably attended a 1-day course. The costly document that scarcely any buyer heeds (except to beat the hapless provider-of-it down in price).

Oct 28, 2013 at 6:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Public

Yes, but there's no need for panic: Ed Miliband has the answer. Here's an extract from his conference speech in September:

... Labour will have a world leading commitment in government to take all of the carbon out of our energy by 2030. A route map to one million new green jobs in our country. That is how we win the race to the top.
[My emphasis]

Oct 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

anoneumouse......I think he's got this one bang on. For a start you made the obvious (and intended) connection with the original ad'. Josh has simply added a giant G flourish. Nothing to dislike with that one.

As an aside I had cavity wall insulation as a freebie at home and internal & external insulation on my 1 BTL terraced house. Again free. (They also fitted a brand new gas boiler for free after damaging then 'condemning' the 4 year old original)

All this for free? No wonder those in the cavity wall or gas fire business are struggling.

Oct 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheshirered

I just watched last weeks Inside Out South east "Jon Hunt asks - what have the Greens done for Brighton?".. not very positive for them (they'd come 3rd in next election 21% would still vote them)
- Biz forum guy said they had done OK "lots of jobs. I guess subsidy jobs for NGOs and Green biz etc.
segment is 19-29 min part of prog
prog gets wiped by 7-8pm tonight

Oct 28, 2013 at 7:05 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

@ Anoneumouse

I am not a lawyer but I have had some involvement with copyright issues in the past and am pretty sure that parody is protected.

I think the "Green's not working" cartoon is brilliant and it deserves much wider exposure so that it gets picked up by the mainstream media. It deserves to have as much success as the "Labour isn’t working” poster in 1979.

Oct 28, 2013 at 7:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

Right now on BBC Wales X-ray

It seems more and more companies are cashing in on the Government’s Green Deal– and X-Ray has been inundated with complaints about one firm in particular.

Probably on i-player in a bit

Oct 28, 2013 at 7:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterKnockJohn


Well I hope you deserved my money. You probably didn't.

I have an aversion to taxpayer handouts myself, especially when I know that hard working people who earn less than my pension are paying for it in their energy bills.

I am looking at a small self-build at the moment, very much in the planning phase. The idea of PassivHaus appeals (it is the only thing that GreenAngelChloe and I would agree on).

I will not fit PV panels, unless they make sense without Feed In Tariffs (they don't). I will not claim any Renewable Heat Insanity (sorry Incentive) payments - again that just shifts money from those who can afford to use fancy so called renewables, like heat pumps, subsidised by poorer folk who can't afford them.

My parents never had a lot of money, but brought me up not to seek to live of the backs of others. It is why I am not red although I used to live in Cheshire at one time.

Oct 28, 2013 at 7:48 PM | Registered Commenterretireddave

@Cheshirered "They also fitted a brand new gas boiler for free after damaging then 'condemning' the 4 year old original)" scam alert ???
- possibly the installers have a habit of accidentally damaging boilers & somehow claimed the damage off the scheme , I mean US
..wonder if they sell the damaged one ?

Oct 28, 2013 at 8:07 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen


You are right, I missed the letter 'G' in the line of the queue

Oct 28, 2013 at 8:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

@ retired dave

Hmmm. They were door knocking in my street. Want cavity wall insulation Sir? It'll make your house warmer in winter and may reduce your bills. It's free - won't cost you a single penny. Now, who wouldn't want a cosier house at no expense to themselves? I have no need to apologise for taking advantage of a rare government freebie. (yes, of course it goes on everyone's bills...)

Likewise my btl. They went around the area as it isn't the nicest or most upmarket and typical tenants / occupiers are not high earners. Again, gift horse springs to mind.

If that irks you - and I understand that it could, then take it up with the government.

Oct 28, 2013 at 8:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheshirered

If the government are going to throw money about, then I'd have to say that putting in insulation is the best way to do it. At least Cheshirered has allowed his tenants to have the benefit too, many don't bother. I also took up the Cavity wall offer last year, one of the last ones to get the free deal. At that point the companies were practically throwing it at us to be able to get in before the cut-off. By comparison the Green Deal is a nonsense. At one 'green fair' I attended in the Summer even the county council bods were saying that they didn't think the Green Deal was worth going for, but they had to have the leaflets set out 'to show willing'.

Oct 28, 2013 at 9:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterCumbrian Lad

The Green Deal was about employing people to insulate homes etc. (at taxpayers expense of course). An npower spokesman told me they conducted a nationwide advertising campaign for this insulation scheme. "Guess how many responses we got?" "Three".

Oct 28, 2013 at 10:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhilip Foster that Michael Mann in the purple tee shirt half way along the line...?

Oct 29, 2013 at 4:39 AM | Unregistered Commentermikef2

Great spot mikef2!! I'm sure it is, but I can't figure who the Viking is near the beginning of the queue...

Oct 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterSnotrocket

@Robin Guenier Oct 28, 2013 at 6:07pm

àpropos</> Milipede Minor:

All that's missing is a (green?) hammer to go with the sickle - or is that père only?

Oct 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterEvil Denier

Here's more fun, talk about timing:

Oct 30, 2013 at 1:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Silver

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