Mark R wrote:They'll probably try and ban bonfires too. There's certain types of people around who seem very keen on banning things and dorky little Gove seems just that type of person.
You think banning garden bonfires would be a bad thing??
I'd like to hear the rationale behind that one!
Maybe you live somewhere very isolated, otherwise how can you possibly justify forcing others to breathe your smoke?
Could the practice of lighting garden bonfires be the ultimate, quintessential example of forcing the external costs of one's behaviour onto others?
The ultimate example of that toxic 'I'll do as I please, **** everybody else' attitude that is so toxic and pernicious??
I can't think of a better example: One householder enjoys the convenience of being able to dispose of all their garden waste at zero cost to themselves; everyone downwind gets to breathe the stinking, carcinogenic, asthma inducing smoke......
BTW, Gove is not proposing to ban bonfires, no sir, not even in smoke controlled areas! Did anyone actually believe the propaganda that the Tories are about to 'get tough on air pollution'?
If someone wants to ban something they need to justify it. Bonfires not uncommon in our village to burn garden waste. Doesn't seem to cause any problems. Using a woodburner uses up wood which would otherwise go to waste. There are about 30 trees in our garden over 30 feet high. Some are ash near the end of their life. I have to take them down once they start dropping branches. WHat would you have me do with the wood? Took a 60 footer down last year - it will provide fuel for two or more winters.