Third Tory publicity stunt hopefully fooling no one

Soldiers carry bags

The British Army helping locals hit by power cuts. Why is only one wearing a face mask?

A very few of us have seen soldiers delivering the vaccine or driving ambulances on non-emergencies. You might even have witnessed one of the two who crashed the unfamiliar vehicles.

Soldiers point to energy poles in remote part of the dale

The British Army pointing at something to help locals.

You won’t have seen any soldier shimmying up a pole and reconnecting folk to the grid, despite the fact that the UK has 4 000 in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers regiment.

In the US, you’ve more chance of seeing them doing something useful. See below.

When power goes off, Army linemen are on

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers helping locals by reconnecting them.

It’s just another stunt.

13 thoughts on “Third Tory publicity stunt hopefully fooling no one

  1. Regardless of whether the army’s help is needed, why does the BBC give the same story different treatments depending on which part of the UK people live in?

    Here, BBC Scotland’s website tonight ran with the headline –

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-59531315

    “Hundreds of people face second weekend without power”

    The article says..

    “Hundreds of households across Scotland are beginning a second weekend without power after Storm Arwen.

    Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said that as of 17:30 about 350 customers, either single properties or small rural groups of homes, were still without power.”

    Meanwhile, the BBC, England, Local News, Regions, Tyne and Wear’s website ran with the headline –

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-59531590

    “Storm Arwen: Northern Powergrid sorry for power cut communication”

    The article says..

    “An energy firm has apologised for poor communication with households struck by more than a week of power cuts after Storm Arwen.

    As of 22:00 GMT on Friday, Northern Powergrid said it had restored power to 98% of homes affected across the North East, but 5,100 remained cut off.

    The firm previously warned some could be without power until Wednesday, 12 days after the storm’s 98mph winds tore down electricity lines.

    In Cumbria, 350 homes remain cut off.”

    While the Scottish figures are more up to date, it would seem there are still several thousands of homes in England beginning a second weekend without power.

    Not that anyone in England would notice with the figures omitted from their headline.

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  2. ENGLISH ARMY ONLY HELP ENGLISH PEOPLE WHO ARE CUT OFF FROM POWER
    SIX DAYS AFTER IT HAPPENED

    SCOTLAND HAS NO SCOTTISH FORCES

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  3. I have no doubt that many people, including many who are vulnerable for various reasons, must have had – and still having – a hellish time due to the power cut. That said, some of the BBC’s coverage and some of its local contributors seem to lack a bit of perspective on occasions!

    An article on the BBC News website under this headline ‘Storm Arwen: Surviving seven days of winter without electricity’ tells a tale of a cattery owner in the Borders. We learn this:

    “I felt that Scottish Power should have supplied us with a generator so at least we wouldn’t have had to give a diabetic cat her insulin injections under torchlight.” Is it just me ….?

    (For the avoidance of doubt, I am a cat lover: lived happily with three, two of them for c. 15 years!)

    The same individual is again profiled on a BBC News website article entitled ‘Thousands to receive Storm Arwen power cut compensation’.

    We’re told: ‘”We had nine cats in during the storm, luckily the cattery itself is extremely protected so the cats didn’t seem to be too bothered,” she said. “We were having to fill up hot water bottles to put in cat beds as that was the only way to keep them warm.”

    Truly glad that the cats didn’t seem ‘too bothered’ and that energy could be accessed to heat water for the cats especially when deprived of a generator. Maybe at least in this instance, Scottish Power prioritised appropriately?

    The same individual tells us that her village felt “forgotten about” and also that “Scottish Power would send us updates every day”!

    Maybe this is all a wind up and its just that my sense of humour fails every time I engage with any BBC News and current affairs output!

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  4. I’ve no doubt the additional manpower will help reach more of those still struggling, Ben Wallace et al attempting make political capital out of it will not go down well with them either, but they have to tholl it…

    The US’s ACE are a different animal entirely, able to draw on a vast range of specialisms and resources to deal with emergencies – politicians or bureaucrats mess with them at their peril…

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    1. All that is required is complete isolation from incoming mains power and can you feed power back into the place. Almost all Gaza City got through their regular power cuts by isolating the incomer then feeding a generator back via a power outlet from a generator parked on the pavement, a bit hairy but life there generally is anyway. Probably holds the world record for most generators.

      There are all sorts of ways of doing it in compliance with UK etc standards, a manual or automatic changeover switch with even the generator auto-starting – An old pal who recently moved to Michigan was welcomed to their first resident winter there with a series of power outages, and ordered up a such whole-house automatic generator on a 3 month waiting list, which should be getting installed shortly.

      For the majority of the UQ such an arrangement should be unnecessary if the wayleaves for the power lines are maintained to prevent trees toppling onto the lines, I very much suspect “cost-savings” are what caused such widespread and severe disruption when the storm hit – One or two trees down they can deal with quickly, thousands all over the place and it becomes a nightmare…

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        1. Commercial pressure – maximise profit and shareholder returns.
          I won’t hold my breath on Ofgem slamming or penalising the companies involved for taking the risk, but perhaps the shareholders will.

          You can bet wayleave maintenance will become this year’s top priority, but equally that this will fade.
          Another short-sighted business manager will be along shortly with another wizard “cost-saving” plan, and the cycle will begin again.

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  5. “Defence spending on Union flags doubles in two years”.

    Just as well they can’t climb poles, or Scotland would be covered.

    Oh, wait!
    I’ve just planted an idea in Drossie’s head—It’ll be the ONLY one.

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