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Meanwhile in a parallel Universe…
Just imagine the strange situation if when we went to buy a new piece of household electrical equipment, we weren’t allowed to bring it home from the shop.
If we bought a fridge all our food would be loaded into it and we would need to go back to the shop to get anything out. Similarly, we would need to go to the electrical shop to do our washing or to watch TV. Now if you think about this you will soon see that it isn’t sustainable. The shop would fill up with electrical equipment, and there would be loads of people milling about trying to get things done. There would be a horrendous bill for all the electricity being used in the shop. The area round the shop would suffer serious traffic congestion and the staff would have to be banned from bringing their cars to work. Clever people would try to work out when the shop would be less busy and would try to do their washing in the middle of the night, and soon rich people would hire assistants to take up space in the shop and then move to the edge to give them room to watch TV.

But before you think I have gone mad consider that this is exactly what we do in Cornwall – with houses! People come to Cornwall and buy a house and they don’t take it home with them. Cornwall becomes full of houses and full of people living in those houses. There is a fantastic strain on the utilities and the infrastructure is insufficient to cope. Just like the shop workers, local Cornish people miss out and can’t buy a house or perhaps not afford a car. The rich buy houses to use at off peak times and then rent them out to their friends. Just like the electrical shop this model of housing is not sustainable and somebody needs to tell the Council quickly before it all blows up in their faces.

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By Rod Toms. Published on 24th June 2017.

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