North Watford power cuts in Yarmouth Road: 'it's like living in a third world country'

Watford Observer: North Watford power cuts: 'it's like living in a third world country' North Watford power cuts: 'it's like living in a third world country'

Residents in a north Watford street said the last 10 weeks have been like "living in a third world country" after a series of power cuts.

Denis Calnan, from Yarmouth Road, said the power went out on February 21 and had been going on and off ever since.

The situation is so bad that UK Power Networks has been forced to install a generator at the end of the road while repairs are carries out.

Mr Calnan said: "The power went out just under a fortnight ago. It came back on but then kept going on and off. They said it was so serious they would have to dig up the main road.

"The generator keeps breaking down but the power company thinks people are turning it off. They have had to put a security guard there to watch it.

"It’s been like living in a third world country."

Mr Calnan said the cuts had come every day and lasted up to three hours.

He added: "There are daily power cuts, the contents of the freezer has had to be thrown out, it’s been a giant pain.

"UK Power Networks have been a joke. They are claiming they needed permission from the council to dig up the road but where they are doing the work is on a pavement.

"I’m sick of phoning them up."

John Lang, UK Power Networks representative, said the company wanted to apologise to the 63 customers in Yarmouth Road who had interruptions to their power supply.

He added "Following a fault on an underground electricity cable on February 21 a generator has been used to maintain electricity supplies while repairs continued in the area.

"Regrettably there have been problems with this temporary arrangement which has resulted in some further power interruptions.

"We understand how frustrating this must have been and have reconnected supplies as quickly as possible.

"Repairs are continuing in the area and our engineers are working as hard as they can to get customers back on mains supply soon."

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9:13am Tue 4 Mar 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

These residents are clearly very unlucky and are having to put up with a substandard service.

Our past governments, Conservative, Labour and LibDem have made plans in partnership with the EU to bring this sort of substandard service to the whole of the UK as perfectly good coal-fired power stations are forced to close early without being replaced by anything that will keep the lights on. To add insult to injury, green taxes will double as the service goes downhill.

Windmills are inefficient, unreliable and extremely expensive, yet that is our future energy plan. Madness? Completely!

It's time for a change. It's time for common sense and it's time for Ukip.

I hope these residents get their electricity supply fixed soon, but at least they will have had some experience when this becomes the norm across the country. We might be knocking on their door, candle in hand, asking for advice on what to do when the power fails, day in, day out.

Vote Ukip and let's keep the lights on at a price we can afford.
These residents are clearly very unlucky and are having to put up with a substandard service. Our past governments, Conservative, Labour and LibDem have made plans in partnership with the EU to bring this sort of substandard service to the whole of the UK as perfectly good coal-fired power stations are forced to close early without being replaced by anything that will keep the lights on. To add insult to injury, green taxes will double as the service goes downhill. Windmills are inefficient, unreliable and extremely expensive, yet that is our future energy plan. Madness? Completely! It's time for a change. It's time for common sense and it's time for Ukip. I hope these residents get their electricity supply fixed soon, but at least they will have had some experience when this becomes the norm across the country. We might be knocking on their door, candle in hand, asking for advice on what to do when the power fails, day in, day out. Vote Ukip and let's keep the lights on at a price we can afford. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -29

10:22am Tue 4 Mar 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

The point is that power in this country has become so reliable that we take it for granted.

True, back in the 70's the strikers produced power cuts on a regular basis and brought the country to its knees (thank you Labour party). Since that time power has become reliable and the only outages are normally brief - caused by faults that are quickly rectified, or those caused by extreme weather that resulted in longer outages.

What the residents of Watford expect, and indeed should expect, is reliable power supplies to their homes. Let's just hope the power company now brings reliable power back online as soon as possible so that these people can get back on with their lives and once again have the sort of power supply we in this country take for granted.

I hope the local council is doing everything it can to expedite the situation and make sure nothing they are doing or not doing gets in the way of fixing this fault fast.
The point is that power in this country has become so reliable that we take it for granted. True, back in the 70's the strikers produced power cuts on a regular basis and brought the country to its knees (thank you Labour party). Since that time power has become reliable and the only outages are normally brief - caused by faults that are quickly rectified, or those caused by extreme weather that resulted in longer outages. What the residents of Watford expect, and indeed should expect, is reliable power supplies to their homes. Let's just hope the power company now brings reliable power back online as soon as possible so that these people can get back on with their lives and once again have the sort of power supply we in this country take for granted. I hope the local council is doing everything it can to expedite the situation and make sure nothing they are doing or not doing gets in the way of fixing this fault fast. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -21

11:22am Tue 4 Mar 14

yellow hornet says...

Phil Cox please stop commenting on every story adding your perverse UKIP slant. It has become so boring.

You stopped posting for a few days I presume you were attending the UKIP spring conference in Torquay. This did allow some normally to return to WO site.

Please think before you post. A story about one particular road in Watford can’t be used to make some obscure national political point.

I will be so pleased when the elections are over this year just to see the back of Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford.
Phil Cox please stop commenting on every story adding your perverse UKIP slant. It has become so boring. You stopped posting for a few days I presume you were attending the UKIP spring conference in Torquay. This did allow some normally to return to WO site. Please think before you post. A story about one particular road in Watford can’t be used to make some obscure national political point. I will be so pleased when the elections are over this year just to see the back of Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford. yellow hornet
  • Score: 17

11:42am Tue 4 Mar 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

There is nothing perverse about warning people that under current government policy the power supply to this country is seriously under threat.

We are closing perfectly good power stations to comply with EU Climate Change acts that will cost this country more in energy bills and subsidies whilst failing to maintain a reliable power supply. That's sheer madness.

If you are bored by these posts and do not want the truth to come out about government policies (EU policies) then you do not have to read them, but there are no doubt there are others who were not aware of the dangers of being in the EU even stretching to the supply of power in the UK.

If the fact that government and EU polices will make all our power supplies as unreliable as those in Yarmouth Road are in your opinion "Obscure" then by all means go back to your party and keep your head buried in the sand - that way you may not even notice when the lights go out anyway - but we in Ukip feel there is a need to bring the truth out on such serious matters as these.

Loss of power is a serious matter. Just ask the residents of Yarmouth Road or anyone who lived through the power cuts of the 70's, when industry had to close down several days a week.

We are headed back to those days and it is all the fault of the EU and their partners, the LibLabCon.

Ukip has a different approach and many people are seeing that, agreeing with Ukip and voting Ukip.
There is nothing perverse about warning people that under current government policy the power supply to this country is seriously under threat. We are closing perfectly good power stations to comply with EU Climate Change acts that will cost this country more in energy bills and subsidies whilst failing to maintain a reliable power supply. That's sheer madness. If you are bored by these posts and do not want the truth to come out about government policies (EU policies) then you do not have to read them, but there are no doubt there are others who were not aware of the dangers of being in the EU even stretching to the supply of power in the UK. If the fact that government and EU polices will make all our power supplies as unreliable as those in Yarmouth Road are in your opinion "Obscure" then by all means go back to your party and keep your head buried in the sand - that way you may not even notice when the lights go out anyway - but we in Ukip feel there is a need to bring the truth out on such serious matters as these. Loss of power is a serious matter. Just ask the residents of Yarmouth Road or anyone who lived through the power cuts of the 70's, when industry had to close down several days a week. We are headed back to those days and it is all the fault of the EU and their partners, the LibLabCon. Ukip has a different approach and many people are seeing that, agreeing with Ukip and voting Ukip. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -16

12:05pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Nick El Greco says...

There is no logic to the argument which says that of the 4 parties you name, yours is the only blameless one simply because you have never been in power. Neither have the Jedi party or the Monster Raving Loonies but their members, like yours, are still voters and therefore just as culpable as the rest of us.
There is no logic to the argument which says that of the 4 parties you name, yours is the only blameless one simply because you have never been in power. Neither have the Jedi party or the Monster Raving Loonies but their members, like yours, are still voters and therefore just as culpable as the rest of us. Nick El Greco
  • Score: 13

12:54pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Boosey says...

Move to a third world country and see what it's really like, don't be so disrespectful.
Move to a third world country and see what it's really like, don't be so disrespectful. Boosey
  • Score: 24

1:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

HornetJJ says...

Hardly 3rd World!
Hardly 3rd World! HornetJJ
  • Score: 13

1:04pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Nascot says...

yellow hornet wrote:
Phil Cox please stop commenting on every story adding your perverse UKIP slant. It has become so boring.

You stopped posting for a few days I presume you were attending the UKIP spring conference in Torquay. This did allow some normally to return to WO site.

Please think before you post. A story about one particular road in Watford can’t be used to make some obscure national political point.

I will be so pleased when the elections are over this year just to see the back of Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford.
Thankfully he is single handedly talking himself out of being elected AND turning people off voting UKIP.
[quote][p][bold]yellow hornet[/bold] wrote: Phil Cox please stop commenting on every story adding your perverse UKIP slant. It has become so boring. You stopped posting for a few days I presume you were attending the UKIP spring conference in Torquay. This did allow some normally to return to WO site. Please think before you post. A story about one particular road in Watford can’t be used to make some obscure national political point. I will be so pleased when the elections are over this year just to see the back of Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford.[/p][/quote]Thankfully he is single handedly talking himself out of being elected AND turning people off voting UKIP. Nascot
  • Score: 15

1:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

fleurdelys2014 says...

I really can't believe you are comparing living in a country with fresh running water, fresh food, freedom of speech, a roof over your head, a convenience store on every corner, medicine, hospitals, education etc to living in a third world country just because you don't have electricity.

Yes, being deprived of the comfort and benefits of electricity is inconvenient, but spare a thought for those less fortunate in actual third world countries that die from malnutrition, disease, dirty water etc on a minute by minute basis.
I really can't believe you are comparing living in a country with fresh running water, fresh food, freedom of speech, a roof over your head, a convenience store on every corner, medicine, hospitals, education etc to living in a third world country just because you don't have electricity. Yes, being deprived of the comfort and benefits of electricity is inconvenient, but spare a thought for those less fortunate in actual third world countries that die from malnutrition, disease, dirty water etc on a minute by minute basis. fleurdelys2014
  • Score: 14

1:21pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Nick El Greco wrote:
There is no logic to the argument which says that of the 4 parties you name, yours is the only blameless one simply because you have never been in power. Neither have the Jedi party or the Monster Raving Loonies but their members, like yours, are still voters and therefore just as culpable as the rest of us.
Not really Nick.

Three parties stand for this policy, Ukip stands against it.

Therefore Ukip are blameless in this instance, not because they have never been in power to implement such a stupid measure, but because if we were in power we would never implement such a stupid measure as it is clearly against common sense and the interests of the people of this country.

The question really is, why would the other parties do such a thing?

That's the difference between Ukip and the other parties.

Ukip - a different way. A better way.
[quote][p][bold]Nick El Greco[/bold] wrote: There is no logic to the argument which says that of the 4 parties you name, yours is the only blameless one simply because you have never been in power. Neither have the Jedi party or the Monster Raving Loonies but their members, like yours, are still voters and therefore just as culpable as the rest of us.[/p][/quote]Not really Nick. Three parties stand for this policy, Ukip stands against it. Therefore Ukip are blameless in this instance, not because they have never been in power to implement such a stupid measure, but because if we were in power we would never implement such a stupid measure as it is clearly against common sense and the interests of the people of this country. The question really is, why would the other parties do such a thing? That's the difference between Ukip and the other parties. Ukip - a different way. A better way. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -13

1:26pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Nascot wrote:
yellow hornet wrote:
Phil Cox please stop commenting on every story adding your perverse UKIP slant. It has become so boring.

You stopped posting for a few days I presume you were attending the UKIP spring conference in Torquay. This did allow some normally to return to WO site.

Please think before you post. A story about one particular road in Watford can’t be used to make some obscure national political point.

I will be so pleased when the elections are over this year just to see the back of Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford.
Thankfully he is single handedly talking himself out of being elected AND turning people off voting UKIP.
Nascot,

did you already know about the danger to our power supply by these EU measures the UK has signed up to but don't believe it, or do you know it to be true and don't want others to find out? Maybe you just don't care about having a reliable and affordable power supply.

I think if people knew about this they would care. It affects normal people. I care about people and I believe in giving them the truth so they can vote based on the truth.

What's wrong with that?
[quote][p][bold]Nascot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yellow hornet[/bold] wrote: Phil Cox please stop commenting on every story adding your perverse UKIP slant. It has become so boring. You stopped posting for a few days I presume you were attending the UKIP spring conference in Torquay. This did allow some normally to return to WO site. Please think before you post. A story about one particular road in Watford can’t be used to make some obscure national political point. I will be so pleased when the elections are over this year just to see the back of Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford.[/p][/quote]Thankfully he is single handedly talking himself out of being elected AND turning people off voting UKIP.[/p][/quote]Nascot, did you already know about the danger to our power supply by these EU measures the UK has signed up to but don't believe it, or do you know it to be true and don't want others to find out? Maybe you just don't care about having a reliable and affordable power supply. I think if people knew about this they would care. It affects normal people. I care about people and I believe in giving them the truth so they can vote based on the truth. What's wrong with that? Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -19

1:31pm Tue 4 Mar 14

TimberJim says...

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
Nick El Greco wrote:
There is no logic to the argument which says that of the 4 parties you name, yours is the only blameless one simply because you have never been in power. Neither have the Jedi party or the Monster Raving Loonies but their members, like yours, are still voters and therefore just as culpable as the rest of us.
Not really Nick.

Three parties stand for this policy, Ukip stands against it.

Therefore Ukip are blameless in this instance, not because they have never been in power to implement such a stupid measure, but because if we were in power we would never implement such a stupid measure as it is clearly against common sense and the interests of the people of this country.

The question really is, why would the other parties do such a thing?

That's the difference between Ukip and the other parties.

Ukip - a different way. A better way.
At least UKIP aren't blaming gay people, bongo bongo land or slags this time.
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick El Greco[/bold] wrote: There is no logic to the argument which says that of the 4 parties you name, yours is the only blameless one simply because you have never been in power. Neither have the Jedi party or the Monster Raving Loonies but their members, like yours, are still voters and therefore just as culpable as the rest of us.[/p][/quote]Not really Nick. Three parties stand for this policy, Ukip stands against it. Therefore Ukip are blameless in this instance, not because they have never been in power to implement such a stupid measure, but because if we were in power we would never implement such a stupid measure as it is clearly against common sense and the interests of the people of this country. The question really is, why would the other parties do such a thing? That's the difference between Ukip and the other parties. Ukip - a different way. A better way.[/p][/quote]At least UKIP aren't blaming gay people, bongo bongo land or slags this time. TimberJim
  • Score: 11

1:34pm Tue 4 Mar 14

S/O man says...

Going by the voting on the above comments Mr Cox has not got a chance of being voted in as Mayor, the public have spoken.
Going by the voting on the above comments Mr Cox has not got a chance of being voted in as Mayor, the public have spoken. S/O man
  • Score: 10

2:20pm Tue 4 Mar 14

yellow hornet says...

S/O man wrote:
Going by the voting on the above comments Mr Cox has not got a chance of being voted in as Mayor, the public have spoken.
Mr Cox what people object to is your constant hijacking of stories to put an unwanted UKIP spin on them.

The story is about a problem that affects the residents of Yarmouth Road not “the danger to our power supply by these EU measures “If you want to make such blatantly party-political points please leave that to when you are door knocking or distributing leaflets.

Please don’t continually hijack stories.
[quote][p][bold]S/O man[/bold] wrote: Going by the voting on the above comments Mr Cox has not got a chance of being voted in as Mayor, the public have spoken.[/p][/quote]Mr Cox what people object to is your constant hijacking of stories to put an unwanted UKIP spin on them. The story is about a problem that affects the residents of Yarmouth Road not “the danger to our power supply by these EU measures “If you want to make such blatantly party-political points please leave that to when you are door knocking or distributing leaflets. Please don’t continually hijack stories. yellow hornet
  • Score: 12

2:49pm Tue 4 Mar 14

pepsiman says...

We need a street demonstration - lets chant Ukip, in the Skip. Ukip in the Skip.Ukip, in the Skip. Ukip in the Skip.Ukip, in the Skip. Ukip in the Skip.
We need a street demonstration - lets chant Ukip, in the Skip. Ukip in the Skip.Ukip, in the Skip. Ukip in the Skip.Ukip, in the Skip. Ukip in the Skip. pepsiman
  • Score: 4

2:52pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

S/O man wrote:
Going by the voting on the above comments Mr Cox has not got a chance of being voted in as Mayor, the public have spoken.
I'm not sure I would accept these comments and votes as a valid opinion poll.

Clearly running up towards an election I am bound to attract negative comments and votes from those who either genuinely disagree with me or more likely those who feel threatened by Ukip standing in Watford.

If you look at the point I made and want to debate it, then great, but no-one has denied what I have said is true, the comments all revolve around my not having the right to post political comments on the WO site.

I hope other readers will see what's going on here and make their own minds up.

I'll trust the readers to do the right thing and vote Ukip if they agree with me and vote EU/Lib/Lab/Con if they do not.

If I have anything to do with it they will at least get the truth upon which to base their vote, unlike the other parties who try to keep them in the dark.
[quote][p][bold]S/O man[/bold] wrote: Going by the voting on the above comments Mr Cox has not got a chance of being voted in as Mayor, the public have spoken.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure I would accept these comments and votes as a valid opinion poll. Clearly running up towards an election I am bound to attract negative comments and votes from those who either genuinely disagree with me or more likely those who feel threatened by Ukip standing in Watford. If you look at the point I made and want to debate it, then great, but no-one has denied what I have said is true, the comments all revolve around my not having the right to post political comments on the WO site. I hope other readers will see what's going on here and make their own minds up. I'll trust the readers to do the right thing and vote Ukip if they agree with me and vote EU/Lib/Lab/Con if they do not. If I have anything to do with it they will at least get the truth upon which to base their vote, unlike the other parties who try to keep them in the dark. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -15

3:09pm Tue 4 Mar 14

garston tony says...

fleurdelys2014 wrote:
I really can't believe you are comparing living in a country with fresh running water, fresh food, freedom of speech, a roof over your head, a convenience store on every corner, medicine, hospitals, education etc to living in a third world country just because you don't have electricity. Yes, being deprived of the comfort and benefits of electricity is inconvenient, but spare a thought for those less fortunate in actual third world countries that die from malnutrition, disease, dirty water etc on a minute by minute basis.
I only wish it was possible to agree more than 100% with your post.

I'm sure its an annoying situation to be in but NOTHING compared to what the people Mr Calnan was comparing himself to have to go through.

Is it wrong that I tend to lose sympathy with people like him when they say such things?

Next time the power goes off maybe he could use the time when he cant watch TV, or use the internet or whatever to contemplate the lives of the billions who dont have ANY electricity supply, or clean water, or enough food, or work or free and decent health care, or education or heating or shelter and so on.
[quote][p][bold]fleurdelys2014[/bold] wrote: I really can't believe you are comparing living in a country with fresh running water, fresh food, freedom of speech, a roof over your head, a convenience store on every corner, medicine, hospitals, education etc to living in a third world country just because you don't have electricity. Yes, being deprived of the comfort and benefits of electricity is inconvenient, but spare a thought for those less fortunate in actual third world countries that die from malnutrition, disease, dirty water etc on a minute by minute basis.[/p][/quote]I only wish it was possible to agree more than 100% with your post. I'm sure its an annoying situation to be in but NOTHING compared to what the people Mr Calnan was comparing himself to have to go through. Is it wrong that I tend to lose sympathy with people like him when they say such things? Next time the power goes off maybe he could use the time when he cant watch TV, or use the internet or whatever to contemplate the lives of the billions who dont have ANY electricity supply, or clean water, or enough food, or work or free and decent health care, or education or heating or shelter and so on. garston tony
  • Score: 15

3:57pm Tue 4 Mar 14

TRT says...

I'm worried by (1) the sheer number of designer nail salons on St. Alban's Road - IIRC there are 4 within stone throwing distance of each other and (2) the appalling use of 'z' in place of 's' in the name of things. I really, really hope UKIP will put an end to the gradual erosion of the English language that we've been seeing over the last decade or so.

I also hope that the council will stop that builder's merchant and highways repair supplier from displaying its merchandise on the pavement like that. It's so untidy.
I'm worried by (1) the sheer number of designer nail salons on St. Alban's Road - IIRC there are 4 within stone throwing distance of each other and (2) the appalling use of 'z' in place of 's' in the name of things. I really, really hope UKIP will put an end to the gradual erosion of the English language that we've been seeing over the last decade or so. I also hope that the council will stop that builder's merchant and highways repair supplier from displaying its merchandise on the pavement like that. It's so untidy. TRT
  • Score: 4

4:23pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Harry Caine says...

If Phil Cox has his way we won't be able to import mega-watts of power fro France as we currently do and will thus have an even worse situation

North Watford people are beginging to get an idea of what it's like in Gaza where they generally only have power for 6 hours a day thanks to the Israeli Blockade and the fact that the US are bribing the Egyptian Military Junta to disrupt their "tunnel economy"

UKIP will certainly turn us into a third world country if their Watford representative is anything to go by.
If Phil Cox has his way we won't be able to import mega-watts of power fro France as we currently do and will thus have an even worse situation North Watford people are beginging to get an idea of what it's like in Gaza where they generally only have power for 6 hours a day thanks to the Israeli Blockade and the fact that the US are bribing the Egyptian Military Junta to disrupt their "tunnel economy" UKIP will certainly turn us into a third world country if their Watford representative is anything to go by. Harry Caine
  • Score: 5

4:35pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Harry Caine wrote:
If Phil Cox has his way we won't be able to import mega-watts of power fro France as we currently do and will thus have an even worse situation

North Watford people are beginging to get an idea of what it's like in Gaza where they generally only have power for 6 hours a day thanks to the Israeli Blockade and the fact that the US are bribing the Egyptian Military Junta to disrupt their "tunnel economy"

UKIP will certainly turn us into a third world country if their Watford representative is anything to go by.
Harry,

why would that be?

or is it just yet another pack of lies from those that fear a Ukip victory?


Ukip have said again and again we would continue to trade with the EU and other European countries once we have left.

Of course I would prefer that we generated our own power and therefore had security of supply, but if we need to import from France or elsewhere I see no reason whatsoever why we would not do so. Trade is beneficial to all countries.

France would happily sell to the UK as we would happily do to them. It's what we used to do before we got sucked into the EU/Common Market con.

We are a trading nation. We would become an even bigger trading nation once we shrugged off the shackles of the EU.
[quote][p][bold]Harry Caine[/bold] wrote: If Phil Cox has his way we won't be able to import mega-watts of power fro France as we currently do and will thus have an even worse situation North Watford people are beginging to get an idea of what it's like in Gaza where they generally only have power for 6 hours a day thanks to the Israeli Blockade and the fact that the US are bribing the Egyptian Military Junta to disrupt their "tunnel economy" UKIP will certainly turn us into a third world country if their Watford representative is anything to go by.[/p][/quote]Harry, why would that be? or is it just yet another pack of lies from those that fear a Ukip victory? Ukip have said again and again we would continue to trade with the EU and other European countries once we have left. Of course I would prefer that we generated our own power and therefore had security of supply, but if we need to import from France or elsewhere I see no reason whatsoever why we would not do so. Trade is beneficial to all countries. France would happily sell to the UK as we would happily do to them. It's what we used to do before we got sucked into the EU/Common Market con. We are a trading nation. We would become an even bigger trading nation once we shrugged off the shackles of the EU. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -9

7:59pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Cuetip says...

Let's hope the 'Tesco Junction' where the road work is being done is professionally inspected and not polyfilled as with so many utility holes.

Far too often contractors leave roads in a terrible state with their paintwork and discarded signage.
Let's hope the 'Tesco Junction' where the road work is being done is professionally inspected and not polyfilled as with so many utility holes. Far too often contractors leave roads in a terrible state with their paintwork and discarded signage. Cuetip
  • Score: 1

10:47pm Tue 4 Mar 14

TRT says...

Cuetip wrote:
Let's hope the 'Tesco Junction' where the road work is being done is professionally inspected and not polyfilled as with so many utility holes.

Far too often contractors leave roads in a terrible state with their paintwork and discarded signage.
Have you been down Queens Road lately?
[quote][p][bold]Cuetip[/bold] wrote: Let's hope the 'Tesco Junction' where the road work is being done is professionally inspected and not polyfilled as with so many utility holes. Far too often contractors leave roads in a terrible state with their paintwork and discarded signage.[/p][/quote]Have you been down Queens Road lately? TRT
  • Score: 2

1:28am Wed 5 Mar 14

Honest Rog says...

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
S/O man wrote:
Going by the voting on the above comments Mr Cox has not got a chance of being voted in as Mayor, the public have spoken.
I'm not sure I would accept these comments and votes as a valid opinion poll.

Clearly running up towards an election I am bound to attract negative comments and votes from those who either genuinely disagree with me or more likely those who feel threatened by Ukip standing in Watford.

If you look at the point I made and want to debate it, then great, but no-one has denied what I have said is true, the comments all revolve around my not having the right to post political comments on the WO site.

I hope other readers will see what's going on here and make their own minds up.

I'll trust the readers to do the right thing and vote Ukip if they agree with me and vote EU/Lib/Lab/Con if they do not.

If I have anything to do with it they will at least get the truth upon which to base their vote, unlike the other parties who try to keep them in the dark.
Oh yeah Flip-Flop Phil? "no-one has denied what I have said is true"? Try this then: "back in the 70s the strikers produced power cuts on a regular basis" "(thank you Labour party)". The bulk of power cuts in the 70s occurred in the early years between '71-'74 at the behest of Ted Heath who introduced the infamous "3 day week" . Which party did Sailor Ted lead? Here's a clue, it wasn't the Labour party. You know, the party that you untruly attributed these cuts to.
If you can't be trusted to get a fundamental fact,such as this, correct then just what other tosh have you got away with?
Wheels coming off.........
BTW, back on topic; I happen to live, mostly, in a third world country and our outages are pretty frequent yet bearable because people see the power as something to be enjoyed when online yet not much of a problem when cut. I should add that hospitals and clinics are equipped with emergency generators. Coming from UK, I realise now how much I used to take for granted but if I lived in Yarmouth Rd I'd be angry, yet I wouldn't trust ukip to change a fuse.
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S/O man[/bold] wrote: Going by the voting on the above comments Mr Cox has not got a chance of being voted in as Mayor, the public have spoken.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure I would accept these comments and votes as a valid opinion poll. Clearly running up towards an election I am bound to attract negative comments and votes from those who either genuinely disagree with me or more likely those who feel threatened by Ukip standing in Watford. If you look at the point I made and want to debate it, then great, but no-one has denied what I have said is true, the comments all revolve around my not having the right to post political comments on the WO site. I hope other readers will see what's going on here and make their own minds up. I'll trust the readers to do the right thing and vote Ukip if they agree with me and vote EU/Lib/Lab/Con if they do not. If I have anything to do with it they will at least get the truth upon which to base their vote, unlike the other parties who try to keep them in the dark.[/p][/quote]Oh yeah Flip-Flop Phil? "no-one has denied what I have said is true"? Try this then: "back in the 70s the strikers produced power cuts on a regular basis" "(thank you Labour party)". The bulk of power cuts in the 70s occurred in the early years between '71-'74 at the behest of Ted Heath who introduced the infamous "3 day week" . Which party did Sailor Ted lead? Here's a clue, it wasn't the Labour party. You know, the party that you untruly attributed these cuts to. If you can't be trusted to get a fundamental fact,such as this, correct then just what other tosh have you got away with? Wheels coming off......... BTW, back on topic; I happen to live, mostly, in a third world country and our outages are pretty frequent yet bearable because people see the power as something to be enjoyed when online yet not much of a problem when cut. I should add that hospitals and clinics are equipped with emergency generators. Coming from UK, I realise now how much I used to take for granted but if I lived in Yarmouth Rd I'd be angry, yet I wouldn't trust ukip to change a fuse. Honest Rog
  • Score: 2

8:08am Wed 5 Mar 14

Cuetip says...

TRT wrote:
Cuetip wrote:
Let's hope the 'Tesco Junction' where the road work is being done is professionally inspected and not polyfilled as with so many utility holes.

Far too often contractors leave roads in a terrible state with their paintwork and discarded signage.
Have you been down Queens Road lately?
To call Queens Rd untidy would be a misuse of the word as it has been much abused by so called planners who have been very negligent with a miss match of styles offering no theme.

Some of the shop work brick fronts on the St Albans Rd are such a disastrous mess with no consistency and these utility companies show little respect by leaving their garbage.

I'm sure that all this outsourcing, instability in employment contracts, cut price tenders, etc is all leading to 'fly by night' contractors who couldn't give a **** as they often do more harm than good as there is no money in site inspections.

We've opened the Pandora Box as workers lose pride in ensuring a proper job is done as we race to the bottom in a chase for cost savings. Meanwhile those at the top get huge bonuses for achieving so called 'efficiency savings'.

Adam Crozier froze postal workers and in one year earned £3.5m and his fellow musketeers pocketed also pocketed over £3m.
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cuetip[/bold] wrote: Let's hope the 'Tesco Junction' where the road work is being done is professionally inspected and not polyfilled as with so many utility holes. Far too often contractors leave roads in a terrible state with their paintwork and discarded signage.[/p][/quote]Have you been down Queens Road lately?[/p][/quote]To call Queens Rd untidy would be a misuse of the word as it has been much abused by so called planners who have been very negligent with a miss match of styles offering no theme. Some of the shop work brick fronts on the St Albans Rd are such a disastrous mess with no consistency and these utility companies show little respect by leaving their garbage. I'm sure that all this outsourcing, instability in employment contracts, cut price tenders, etc is all leading to 'fly by night' contractors who couldn't give a **** as they often do more harm than good as there is no money in site inspections. We've opened the Pandora Box as workers lose pride in ensuring a proper job is done as we race to the bottom in a chase for cost savings. Meanwhile those at the top get huge bonuses for achieving so called 'efficiency savings'. Adam Crozier froze postal workers and in one year earned £3.5m and his fellow musketeers pocketed also pocketed over £3m. Cuetip
  • Score: 2

8:11am Wed 5 Mar 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Honest Rog wrote:
Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
S/O man wrote:
Going by the voting on the above comments Mr Cox has not got a chance of being voted in as Mayor, the public have spoken.
I'm not sure I would accept these comments and votes as a valid opinion poll.

Clearly running up towards an election I am bound to attract negative comments and votes from those who either genuinely disagree with me or more likely those who feel threatened by Ukip standing in Watford.

If you look at the point I made and want to debate it, then great, but no-one has denied what I have said is true, the comments all revolve around my not having the right to post political comments on the WO site.

I hope other readers will see what's going on here and make their own minds up.

I'll trust the readers to do the right thing and vote Ukip if they agree with me and vote EU/Lib/Lab/Con if they do not.

If I have anything to do with it they will at least get the truth upon which to base their vote, unlike the other parties who try to keep them in the dark.
Oh yeah Flip-Flop Phil? "no-one has denied what I have said is true"? Try this then: "back in the 70s the strikers produced power cuts on a regular basis" "(thank you Labour party)". The bulk of power cuts in the 70s occurred in the early years between '71-'74 at the behest of Ted Heath who introduced the infamous "3 day week" . Which party did Sailor Ted lead? Here's a clue, it wasn't the Labour party. You know, the party that you untruly attributed these cuts to.
If you can't be trusted to get a fundamental fact,such as this, correct then just what other tosh have you got away with?
Wheels coming off.........
BTW, back on topic; I happen to live, mostly, in a third world country and our outages are pretty frequent yet bearable because people see the power as something to be enjoyed when online yet not much of a problem when cut. I should add that hospitals and clinics are equipped with emergency generators. Coming from UK, I realise now how much I used to take for granted but if I lived in Yarmouth Rd I'd be angry, yet I wouldn't trust ukip to change a fuse.
Pretty far from the truth for someone calling himself "Honest".

It was the unions who caused the power strikes. I remember it well.

We all know who they work for, don't we "Honest"? Or is it the other way around, the Labour party works for the militant unions?

Heath was PM but he didn't turn off the power, the unions did - ask anyone. Heath introduced a three-day week to try to get some semblance of reliable power for industry, while the unions were destroying the same industry with their foolish strikes.

So funny how the Labour party and their supporters try to rewrite history in the Labour image with no regard for the actual truth of the matter.

Nice try "Honest", but no-one believes you because it's not true.
[quote][p][bold]Honest Rog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S/O man[/bold] wrote: Going by the voting on the above comments Mr Cox has not got a chance of being voted in as Mayor, the public have spoken.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure I would accept these comments and votes as a valid opinion poll. Clearly running up towards an election I am bound to attract negative comments and votes from those who either genuinely disagree with me or more likely those who feel threatened by Ukip standing in Watford. If you look at the point I made and want to debate it, then great, but no-one has denied what I have said is true, the comments all revolve around my not having the right to post political comments on the WO site. I hope other readers will see what's going on here and make their own minds up. I'll trust the readers to do the right thing and vote Ukip if they agree with me and vote EU/Lib/Lab/Con if they do not. If I have anything to do with it they will at least get the truth upon which to base their vote, unlike the other parties who try to keep them in the dark.[/p][/quote]Oh yeah Flip-Flop Phil? "no-one has denied what I have said is true"? Try this then: "back in the 70s the strikers produced power cuts on a regular basis" "(thank you Labour party)". The bulk of power cuts in the 70s occurred in the early years between '71-'74 at the behest of Ted Heath who introduced the infamous "3 day week" . Which party did Sailor Ted lead? Here's a clue, it wasn't the Labour party. You know, the party that you untruly attributed these cuts to. If you can't be trusted to get a fundamental fact,such as this, correct then just what other tosh have you got away with? Wheels coming off......... BTW, back on topic; I happen to live, mostly, in a third world country and our outages are pretty frequent yet bearable because people see the power as something to be enjoyed when online yet not much of a problem when cut. I should add that hospitals and clinics are equipped with emergency generators. Coming from UK, I realise now how much I used to take for granted but if I lived in Yarmouth Rd I'd be angry, yet I wouldn't trust ukip to change a fuse.[/p][/quote]Pretty far from the truth for someone calling himself "Honest". It was the unions who caused the power strikes. I remember it well. We all know who they work for, don't we "Honest"? Or is it the other way around, the Labour party works for the militant unions? Heath was PM but he didn't turn off the power, the unions did - ask anyone. Heath introduced a three-day week to try to get some semblance of reliable power for industry, while the unions were destroying the same industry with their foolish strikes. So funny how the Labour party and their supporters try to rewrite history in the Labour image with no regard for the actual truth of the matter. Nice try "Honest", but no-one believes you because it's not true. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -9

11:54am Wed 5 Mar 14

Nick El Greco says...

TRT wrote:
I'm worried by (1) the sheer number of designer nail salons on St. Alban's Road - IIRC there are 4 within stone throwing distance of each other and (2) the appalling use of 'z' in place of 's' in the name of things. I really, really hope UKIP will put an end to the gradual erosion of the English language that we've been seeing over the last decade or so.

I also hope that the council will stop that builder's merchant and highways repair supplier from displaying its merchandise on the pavement like that. It's so untidy.
Fortunately, people who've just had their nails done are statistically less likely to throw stones according to UKIP figures
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: I'm worried by (1) the sheer number of designer nail salons on St. Alban's Road - IIRC there are 4 within stone throwing distance of each other and (2) the appalling use of 'z' in place of 's' in the name of things. I really, really hope UKIP will put an end to the gradual erosion of the English language that we've been seeing over the last decade or so. I also hope that the council will stop that builder's merchant and highways repair supplier from displaying its merchandise on the pavement like that. It's so untidy.[/p][/quote]Fortunately, people who've just had their nails done are statistically less likely to throw stones according to UKIP figures Nick El Greco
  • Score: 3

12:25pm Wed 5 Mar 14

TRT says...

Nick El Greco wrote:
TRT wrote:
I'm worried by (1) the sheer number of designer nail salons on St. Alban's Road - IIRC there are 4 within stone throwing distance of each other and (2) the appalling use of 'z' in place of 's' in the name of things. I really, really hope UKIP will put an end to the gradual erosion of the English language that we've been seeing over the last decade or so.

I also hope that the council will stop that builder's merchant and highways repair supplier from displaying its merchandise on the pavement like that. It's so untidy.
Fortunately, people who've just had their nails done are statistically less likely to throw stones according to UKIP figures
I reckon Dotty's got it in her head that Watford's the best place to get "many cured".
[quote][p][bold]Nick El Greco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: I'm worried by (1) the sheer number of designer nail salons on St. Alban's Road - IIRC there are 4 within stone throwing distance of each other and (2) the appalling use of 'z' in place of 's' in the name of things. I really, really hope UKIP will put an end to the gradual erosion of the English language that we've been seeing over the last decade or so. I also hope that the council will stop that builder's merchant and highways repair supplier from displaying its merchandise on the pavement like that. It's so untidy.[/p][/quote]Fortunately, people who've just had their nails done are statistically less likely to throw stones according to UKIP figures[/p][/quote]I reckon Dotty's got it in her head that Watford's the best place to get "many cured". TRT
  • Score: 0

2:05pm Wed 5 Mar 14

vickyofwatford says...

This article has annoyed me very much as not full detail has been given on how bad it was.it wasnt 3hrs a day it got to the point of only an hour of electric during day and a few hours on at night.also walk way was very unstable to thepoint of aalmost falling down it 3times and only other choice was to walk in road.a neighbour has become ill due to no heaing and another rushed to hospital.all I can say is thank god its sorted as it affected people more than whats been let on.
This article has annoyed me very much as not full detail has been given on how bad it was.it wasnt 3hrs a day it got to the point of only an hour of electric during day and a few hours on at night.also walk way was very unstable to thepoint of aalmost falling down it 3times and only other choice was to walk in road.a neighbour has become ill due to no heaing and another rushed to hospital.all I can say is thank god its sorted as it affected people more than whats been let on. vickyofwatford
  • Score: -3

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