EU kettle ban gives Brexit campaigners a PR coup…

You can waffle on all you like about trade tariffs, migration controls, budget rebates, etc but to the general public this tedious stuff goes in one ear and out the other. But tell them you are going to monkey around with their tea and toast and you get their attention.

From today’s Daily Express:

The UK accounts for a third of all European kettle sales, with Britons drinking six times more tea per head than their continental cousins. The ban might also include powerful hairdryers, mobile phones, patio jet washers and internet routers.

Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson said: “We shouldn’t have to put up with this nonsense about banning kettles and toasters.”

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The proposals do make some sense. Having more energy efficient devices is better for consumers and the environment. Correct me if I am wrong, but a 2k kettle will use the same amount of electric to boil water as a 3k one, it will just be slower. So the high power kettle ban does seem a bit pointless to me.

Expect to see a lot of these soundbites over the next few weeks:

“They may take our tea and toast but they will never take our freedom”
(Brian Monteith, cited in The Telegraph)

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  • Neil

    So the high power kettle ban does seem a bit pointless to me.
    The idea behind it is that people will be more careful about how much water they put in the kettle in the first place so they don’t have to stand waiting for an extra minute and a half for the kettle to boil. But you’re right, it is the kind of thing that will resonate with people. We drink more tea and coffee than our European cousins so we’re the most affected by such a rule, and most of us will think it’s a stupid idea.

  • Msiegnaro

    It does seem trivial, why does the EU need to try to enforce such nonsense. As stated before I’m undecided about Brexit, however agendas like this with the EU overstepping its authority again gives me more sympathy with Brexit. On that note I’m not against energy saving but this is a step too far.

  • Reader

    Brian O’Neill: Correct me if I am wrong, but a 2k kettle will use the same amount of
    electric to boil water as a 3k one, it will just be slower. So the high power kettle ban does seem a bit pointless to me.

    FFS, don’t mention that, or they’ll put in a thermal cut-out to stop the water temperature going past 80 degrees.
    The bureaucrats are no longer getting scientific advice. We may have reached the point where the scientists are refusing to talk to the bureaucrats as they regret their previous contribution to a world full of A rated electrical appliances that don’t work properly.

  • SHOCK Daily Express recycle September 2014 front page headline in May 2016.

    To quote the nice people at Full Fact

    The EU is currently in the process of determining which types of product to prioritise
    for environmental improvements. Hairdryers, lawn mowers, and electric
    kettles are three categories out of 29 that could face restrictions, and
    the EU aims to choose about 20 as priorities.

    We don’t yet know if the EU will enact any regulations affecting
    these products, never mind what they’d look like, although its
    preliminary investigations on some items provide us with clues.

  • “We shouldn’t have to put up with this nonsense about banning kettles and toasters.”

    No, we shouldn’t Brian. FFS…

  • Nevin

    Why hasn’t Jim Allister spoken out about the proposed ban on high-powered hair dryers?

  • Brian O’Neill

    It is being reported in several media outlets not just the usual anti EU suspects. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/new-eu-rules-could-ban-7948156

    Whether is it true or false does not matter at this stage. The Brexit guys can run with the story even if it is complete nonsense.

  • chrisjones2

    Beautiful

  • chrisjones2

    the key issue is more kettle size ie volume than power as water heating is thermally quite efficient – so making kettles much smaller would save far more

  • the rich get richer

    Well, If you can’t have a cup of Tea……….. its time for war after Tea.

  • Paul Hagan

    I heard a friend who works for the UK govt representation to the EU say there was no such plan in existence, sounds like another Boris Johnson style Euro-myth. Besides even if there were the UK would need to stay-in so it could veto or amend this proposal otherwise they’d likely have to accept it

  • Sir Rantsalot

    ‘The proposals do make some sense. Having more energy efficient devices is better for consumers and the environment.’

    Brian, you’re missing the point and falling for the smokescreen! It’s all about ever more control and taking away personal freedoms such as choice. This is the EU single state project. We need to get out while we can.

  • Angry Mob

    We accept 100% of legislation if we remain, whether we vote against it or not.

    If we leave and negotiate a deal for access to the single market we only accept legislation relating to the single market. So of the approx 21,000 legislative acts of the EU currently in place the single market acquis comprises of about 6000 which largely relates to things such as technical standards, packaging etc plus we will have a right of refusal.

    Then that’s only for business actually trading with the single market, we would be free to buy and sell 3kw kettles from other nations.

  • terence patrick hewett

    Prof. Northcote Parkinson must be laughing.

  • Brunel

    Brexit must result in high performance vacuum cleaners and tungsten light bulbs being legalised again.