Up to Edinburgh on the overnight train for a presentation at the Scottish Consumer Forum and an opportunity to see Natasha, Tricia and Martyn from energywatch, Postwatch and Scottish Consumer Council.
The unfair commercial practices directive comes into force later this month, May 26th, and the Forum tried to work out what it means. It could perhaps be used to cry foul with the big name stores selling analog TVs in the Borders, where the digital switchover has happened. I recall Deirdre Huttton, one of Scotland’s finest consumer champions, complaining three years ago that it was mad to enforce a digital switchover and then allow shops to peddle analog TVs. And in a world of climate change, it must also have been mad to develop a tick mark for digital compatibility and then ignore energy efficiency standards as the UK replaces our screens…
The Postwatch team are working on the closure programme in the Western Isles. There could be a big battle coming up to ensure that communities there get an outreach programme.
And the 35 minute queue? It wasn’t my train there or back, but the Post Office in the Piazza in Paisley, which Tricia named as the worst in Scotland on queues, has people waiting for up to this time … anyone know of anywhere in the UK worse? GPs or hospitals perhaps?