HOMEOWNERS who do not to take action to improve the energy efficiency of their properties should be treated as criminals, one of the country's most influential environmentalists said last night.
Dr Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland, believes tough measures are needed to force people to cut their use of fossil fuels and thinks governments should consider making it a crime for members of the public not to take measures such as installing cavity wall insulation.
He also said he thought failing to put in energy efficiency measures was "as antisocial as drink driving".
Dr Dixon said: "I think it should be a crime to be wasting energy. It's clearly a moral crime against the climate, and I think we should be having a discussion about whether it should become an actual crime."
Here's your discussion, Dr Dixon: no, it shouldn't. Now fuck off, you disgusting little fascist.
Still, as always, it's worth looking at this charity to see just how much of our money is going towards funding Dr Dixon to try to make real his authoritarian fantasies. The trouble is that the Scottish Charity regulator does not keep details of charity accounts on the website: luckily, however, upon searching for WWF Scotland, said wesbite simply directs us to WWF-UK (Scottish Charity No. SC039593).
WWF-UK comes under the jurisdiction of the Charity Commission (No. 1081247) and so we can happily have a little scan through the accounts. So, as is becoming customary, let's look at the grants that they received in 2008 (the latest accounts).
- Department for International Development (DFID)
- Partnership Programme Agreement: £3,587,000
- DFID Non-PPA Funding: £117,000
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
- Romania Medicinal Plants: £1,000
- Papua New Guinea integrated river basin management—Sepik River: £18,000
- Community Management, Kangchenjunga, Nepal: £7,000
- Community sustainable living: £45,000
- Marine Protected Areas, Solomon Islands: £7,000
- European Union
- Pakistan, tackling poverty in coastal community project: £5,000
- UK Ravine WoodLIFE: £22,000
- Papua New Guinea community development and resource conservation in Transfly: £88,000
- Water Thirsty Crops, Pakistan: £166,000
- Great Ruaha River Programme, Tanzania: £281,000
- Water Thirsty Crops, India: £281,000
- Scottish Executive
- Scotland Climate Change Project: £10,000
- Local Footprints: £38,000
- Clyde MSC: £13,000
- Other: £10,000
- Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland
- Towards Reducing our Ecological Footprint, Co Armagh, N Ireland: £127,000
- National College for School Leadership
- Leading Sustainable Schools NCSL: £9,000
- Department for Education and Skills (DFES)
- Sustainable Schools in the UK
- Grand Total from Aid Agencies and Government Grants in 2008: £4,778,000
So, definitely one for fakecharities.org. And I hope that everyone agrees that the near £4.8 million of taxpayers' money spent by WWF-UK in the last year gives Dr Dixon every right to tell us what to do?
Shut the fuck up, Dixon, you fear-mongering, totalitarian twat. May I suggest that, if you want to make laws, then you should stand for election on your favoured platform? Oh, and don't worry: if you are elected you will still be able to live off money earned by productive people.
In the meantime: shut up, sunshine.