Tuesday, 1 November 2011
What A Mullarkey!
I didn't expect to become involved in the near yearly London based call for a change to our long established annual clock changes until I read this.
According to the head of the UK's leading accident prevention charity us Scots are 'English bashing' because the First Minister has said there's no evidence to suggest that any change would be beneficial to us Northern Britains.
Tom Mullarkey, the boss of the RoSPA said the issue had become a 'hook for Scottish nationalism' - how condescending and ludicrous. I wonder if Mr Mullarkey - what an appropriate name - has ever lived in Scotland. Somehow I think not. Mr Mullarkey insists that the Daylight Savings Bill would have even more benefits for Scotland than the rest of the UK. Oh dear, he's digging fast.
Between 1968 and 1971 the UK introduced what is now referred to as European time but the analysis of data for the first two years of the experiment indicated, while there had been an increase in casualties in the mornings, there had been a greater decrease in casualties in the evenings, with a total of around 2,700 fewer people killed and seriously injured during the first two winters.
Mr Mullarkey is more than welcome to come and stay with me in the depths of January, because I very much doubt I would enjoy his company during the Scottish Christmas and Hogmanay. He will see for himself the effects of dark mornings in a nation which is deprived enough of sunshine.
Decrying the Scottish government's opinion won't endear many of those north of the Pennines to his cause.