It's the Summer Solstice and a cool but dry morning. At times I count my blessings and this morning I was grateful not to be a participant in the overnight sit-in at Stonehenge. I understand it was a damp affair and my thoughts turned to the problems the water industry has with the clear liquid that falls from above.
Have you ever heard of an organisation called British Water? I hadn't - well not until I was reading about their jamboree in the House of Lords.
Now don't be thinking your local darts club or swimming club can apply to hold an event within the hallowed halls of the Lords, because it's not allowed. Only charities are permitted to use events in the Palace of Westminster for fundraising. Other organisations are not supposed to benefit financially, even indirectly.
From the British Water website:
British Water lobbies governments and regulators on behalf of its members and provides vital information on home and overseas water and wastewater markets - how much is being spent, by whom, where, when, how and on what.As well as actively promoting best practice, British Water represents the interests of the UK water and wastewater industry on UK and European regulations and legislation, terms and conditions of contract and procurement practice, and in the creation of European and International Standards.
So it's a lobbying organisation posing as a [fake] charity which has access to influential politicians.
I was interested to know if Scottish Water was a member of British Water and although I didn't find an answer to my question, I found SW is a member of UK Water Industry Research. Also discovered, courtesy of Google, was another fake water charity which operates out of plush looking offices in Buckinghamshire. It doesn't list its members, but UK Water does and Scottish Water is a member.
Is it any wonder the water industry is expensive and inefficient when it has three (maybe more) organisations acting as taxpayer-funded researchers and lobbyists?