keeping warm

Just over a hundred quid’s worth of heatlogs and kindling delivered this morning, in the rain. Back brace on, I managed to wrestle them indoors before they got too damp, though putting them next to the Green Party printer in the cupboard under the stairs will have to wait.

This delivery brings me up to 16 packs of heatlogs, about 48-50 days worth of fires, which should see me through until well after Christmas. I haven’t given up on the central heating – on mildish days it’s clearly the most economical option – but it’s going to work out cheaper to use the stove when it’s really cold/damp/my back is acting up badly.

email to my MP

Last night I sent

Dear Robin Walker,
it is very clear that His Majesty’s Government has departed very considerably from the manifesto on which it was elected. There is no democratic mandate for the financial policies now being pursued, which have caused widespread turmoil and attracted widespread condemnation. The current Prime Minister was appointed through the votes of a tiny number of Conservative Party members, and likewise lacks any shred of democratic legitimacy.
I would hope that you (as a self-described One Nation Tory) share my concerns both about the abandonment of the “levelling-up” on which your party won the last General Election, and about the financial gamble which has already threatened everything from the stability of sterling to the near-bankruptcy of some large pension funds.
This cannot go on. I urge you to use discussions with colleagues and Party members at the forthcoming Party Conference to seek a return to a responsible and fair financial policy. I would hope that you have sufficient courage to speak out, and if necessary to vote against the Chancellor’s policies in the House.
I don’t expect it to have much effect, though if enough people write similar letters his sense of self-preservation might kick in!