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drplokta
Jul. 14th, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
It's a little unfair of the Guardian to call this a bid to ban energy-saving light bulbs. The bill aimed to allow incandescent light bulbs to be sold; it wouldn't have banned the sale of energy-saving bulbs.
inulro
Jul. 14th, 2011 10:30 am (UTC)
The schools article is interesting, but doesn't address the ridiculous demands that schools make on working parents - one of the clinicians I support had to cancel an afternoon's clinic at two days' notice because her child's teacher insisted on seeing her (she only works part time). It wasn't anything important - sproglet wasn't ill, or in trouble. They just wanted to chat.

If that had been me, I would have said "I'm sorry, I'm a professional and I have commitments. I am able to see you on X and Y (the days she doesn't work) or with six weeks notice (which is the Trust guideline for minimum amount of notice to cancel a clinic)".

But apparently you're not allowed to do that these days.
rmc28
Jul. 14th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
It doesn't address such demands because I haven't experienced them yet ...
inulro
Jul. 15th, 2011 07:42 am (UTC)
Could be a Bristol thing (our schools are a bit special). Or it could be that I work with a bunch of particularly spineless people where dealing with their children's schools are concerned.
alexpgp
Jul. 14th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
The Guardian is misinformed. The bill was not intended to ban energy-saving bulbs, but to lift the imminent ban on incandescent bulbs.

Banning incandescent bulbs has been a long-time goal of the US light bulb industry, which stands to make a hefty profit from selling a product people can't seem to be persuaded to buy on its merits, and which has lobbied Congress heavily to ban (and keep the ban on) incandescent bulbs.

Cheers...
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