Flying Aqua Badger
Dan Hill of the Flying Aqua Badgers' home from home. Using this blog to learn about himself. Be warned, it contains political and economic discussion not suitable for those whose spectrum is restricted only to the mainstream. It could be done in private but where's the fun in that...
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
£330m, £1bn, £1.2bn, £3.5bn - Any more takers?
These are all the estimates I've heard as to the cost to the economy of today's flurry. This is why you ignore stupid, incalculable figures like this as I was saying before.
What today did provide was a wonderful opportunity to defer economics in favour of 'happinomics'. The weather was forecast many days in advance and we couldn't prepare for it. It was futile to try. It isn't viable to spend the money on preparations for rare weather events like this.
There surely is a method to shut the affected areas down and declare workers holiday. Write it into contracts. Stop the worry, stop the hassle, enjoy the day for once. I can guarantee you the net happiness today (ignoring those protesters) outdid Christmas day by a long stretch and you didn't hear a thing about how much it cost us to shut down then, did you?
The "cost" of snow
Feel free to dismiss any idiotic figures that say the cost of not going to work today because of the snow was such and such (£330m is the figure I heard earlier). It's nonsense because I was at work and anyone who did show up wasn't up to anywhere near as much as we were all too fascinated with the outdoors.
Some days you just have to treat as goners. 1st snow of the winter in the south of England is always going to be one of those days.