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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Why the Government believes...



We received our EU referendum propaganda pamphlet today. Unlikely to be worth reading so I won't, but having a technical mind I weighed it instead. It's about 40 grams by our kitchen scales, so what does that come to if 27 million were printed?

A quick calculation suggests we are talking about roughly 1000 tonnes of paper, so not a trivial operation. How many trees does this equate to if we assume it isn't recycled paper, which it may well be but the pamphlet doesn't say. From one source we are told -

One ton of coated, higher-end virgin magazine paper (used for magazines like National Geographic) uses a little more than 15 trees.

The pamphlet seems to be printed on high quality coated paper so 1000 tonnes of paper equates to about 15000 trees if we also equate a tonne to a ton. Oops - if it isn't recycled paper that's another bout of disgruntlement on the horizon and who would believe them anyway?

13 comments:

Demetrius said...

Worse, much worse it that it could not be recycled for bathroom use.

James Higham said...

Treebeard will send the boys to deal with Dodgy.

Derek said...

1 vote for Treebeard . . . Hoooommmmmmmmm . . .

Roger said...

I slung mine in the bin unread. What is curious is that most folk seem unlikely to read it or to be persuaded either way. A goodly number are already inners or they are outers whatever is said. Indeed the matter seems impossible to decide on purely rational grounds. Anyway, too shiny and hard for b'room use, purely out of spite I'm sure. The betting odds now stand at 7/4 out and 2/5 in, as good a guide as any.

Henry Kaye said...

The Bookie's odds are worrying. I know that in horse racing the odds reflect the money wagered and they are not the Bookie's opinion (although, of course, they may be). I wonder if the same is true of this referendum? In horse racing the odds are frequently wrong - I hope so in this case also!!

A K Haart said...

Demetrius - cheaper paper could have been so much more practical.

James and Derek - I wonder if Dodgy has ever been in a wood?

Roger - those odds seem about right to me, although Cameron seems to be doing his best to shift them around.

A K Haart said...

Henry - I think political betting odds are no more likely to be accurate than polls. The sample isn't the same as the voting population. Interesting but not necessarily accurate.

Michael said...

I'd decided yonks ago; get out asap.

Can't have weedy politicians deciding on my grandchildren's future.

FrankC said...

Damn thing came with the other junk- pizza flyers etc. not via the post, so I can't even label it "Return to Sender". Bah! Cheapskates.

Derek said...

One suggestion for return:

Freepost RTHS-TLXL-XKXK
The Conservative Party
4 Matthew Parker Street
London SW1H 9HQ


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Derek said...

PS: It may be a valuable item in years to come, like the petrol coupons from the 1970's!

James Higham said...

James and Derek - I wonder if Dodgy has ever been in a wood?

Inadvisable if he strayed there.

A K Haart said...

Scrobs - unfortunately I think they'll do that either way.

Frank - and it's no good for the smallest room.

Derek - valuable? I can't face keeping it for that long.

James - odd thought that - he can't really stray anywhere. We can but he can't.