Now just imagine that we could travel back in time 10 years. Just suppose that in 2004 someone, me, had said that within a decade it would be illegal to sell or supply a certain kind of bulb, or hair drier or vacuum cleaner? What would be my fate? Sectioned? Ridiculed? Laughing stock of Tameside? Probably all. Yet here we are in 2014 being told we are no longer allowed to use a particular type of cleaner because of.......I don't know why! Green issues? Cost? A potential shortage of power?
According to the European Commission, the new rules will help combat climate change and reduce energy costs by saving 19 terawatt-hours every year by 2020. That amounts to the electricity produced by more than four nuclear power plants for 5.5 million households.
Climate change? Not that old chestnut again. Do people still believe that? The climate of the earth is changing because of vacuum cleaners. Sorry, that won't wash.
More worrying is the fact that due to the closure of old power stations due to age there is a potential shortfall in energy supply with associated possibility of power cuts and power rationing.
Now why worry about winter if there is "Global Warming"? Sorry I forgot, it is now "climate change". With fracking, the Russian control of gas to the EU, and now the shortfall of power generation in Britain it appears that there is more to this EU policy than just "The EU being the EU".
And if there is no hidden agenda, no conspiracy, what is there? We are being ordered around on a matter we had no chance to vote on by people who never mentioned it in their manifestos at the Euro election for reasons that have not been explained fully.