David Mitchell backs the lighter later campaign
People have written the idea off as a mad environmentalist plot that should be dismissed and ignored. The idea being…that the UK should work on GMT+1 in summer, and GMT +2 hours in winter. It’s pretty simple. We would get more sunlight during the day – it would be great. So why are people opposed to this idea when it has so many potential benefits?
It would mean we would all experience more sunlight (making us happier – I think), reduce our electricity use (which is why this move is backed by the 10:10 campaign) , reduce crime (you know, the lit up areas argument) and reduce road deaths (remember that over 3,000 people die every year on our roads – which is why it’s supported by the RAC). It overwhelmingly seems like a great idea.
Ahh I hear you cry…what about those who have to get up early and suffer the long dark mornings? Will these people not suffer because of it? For most of these people no…They could just get up at the same time as they do now (in relation to dawn). David Mitchell very eloquently goes through the example of a Scottish farmer to illustrate this solution.
In fact I cannot (off the top of my head) think of any reason we wouldn’t do this. Other than of course the British people’s opposition to change and things they don’t really understand. I am genuinely interested…is there a good reason the UK should not move forward an hour?
So Bill Bailey says that ‘alcohol is no joke’ (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/video/2010/jan/14/alcohol-comedians-no-joke )
The problem is, it is actually quite funny (not the people being hit by cars/stabbing people in the face/ending up with STI’s) but the good light-hearted time you have when you are “merry”. For as long as government and campaigners paint a picture of alcohol that does not fit in with “normal people’s” perception, the negative side of alcohol consumption will seem like something distant and alien.
It was a bit like FRANK (the governments drugs advice agency) advert (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2008/dec/04/advertising-drugsandalcohol ) that has David Mitchell doing a voice over of a dog discovering cocaine. Exceptionally funny (that’s a given because it’s David Mitchell), but equally almost guaranteed not to stop anyone from trying Cocaine.
By painting a realistic picture of alcohol consumption (most people have a lovely trouble free time but some people have a horrible time or make themselves really ill), they fear being painted as not strict enough. ‘Soft on alcohol’ (cue moral panic).
How can we ever get over this situation when all drug usage (including alcohol) is surrounded by such political hysteria (“I once tried cannabis as a young student”).
The way the government approaches this issue just makes me want a pint!