Saturday, 13 December 2008

How many Liberal Democrats does it take to fix a boiler

Edit: In the interests of fairness it should be pointed out that the opinion of Brian Coleman, Conservative chairman of London's fire authority, is not shared by the fire brigade itself:
A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: "If it's obvious that there has been an ongoing problem with the boiler, then you can call a plumber.
"But if your boiler suddenly starts making strange noises in the middle of the night, call the fire brigade."

How many Liberal Democrats does it take to fix a boiler.

The answer is none, you just dial 999 and ask the fire brigade to do it.

[The problem with the boiler was described thusly: "The floor was shaking and the noise was so loud it was filling the street," Miss Featherstone told BBC London 94.9]

Believe it or not that is exactly what Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone did, now in London I know it can cost a lot to call a plumber out but do you really think that calling the men with the big red fire engine and the flashing lights is the best way to make sure you have hot water.

Its not often I would congratulate a tory on this blog but Brian Coleman the chair of the London Fire Authority get it right when he said,

"We are not Lynne Featherstone’s heating engineers. There could have been a serious incident somewhere else. It costs £250 per hour for a call out and I look forward to receiving her cheque. She has shown herself to be completely dizzy. Airheads and airlocks are obviously not unrelated."

What do you expect from a Liberal Democrat MP.

PS by the way the London Fire Brigade fixed the problem during the call out so not only do they put fires out but the can make sure the pilot lights are on too :)

PPS a big thanks to Kerron Cross for pointing this one out


  1. So it would seem that Aberdeen University is not alone in the sheer idiocy of its Lib Dem contingent.

  2. One key bit of information you left out from the story: the Fire Brigade said it was right to call them out. Personally, I'd trust their advice rather than Brian Coleman's if I was in a similar situation. Not sure why you think the Fire Brigade's own advice is wrong?

  3. It would seem that there's more to the story than Brian Coleman's advice would suggest.