The government’s new clean air strategy contains wide-ranging measures, designed to reduce our impact on the environment and also save lives.
30% of preventable deaths have been attributed to diseases specifically linked to air pollution by NHS England.
Although the report did concede that half of these deaths happened last week, on a single road network in Kent that had an unusually high number of slow moving lorries on it.
We did reach out to a spokesman for Operation Brock, which organised the No Deal Practice Convoy – but he was stuck in a traffic jam and unable to comment.
As the biggest contributing factor, wood burning stoves in particular have been singled out.
As one analyst commented, “In a post-apocalyptic Brexit Britain, fuel imports will have come to a standstill, energy companies will have collapsed and the temptation for people to huddle around this truly independent heat source will need controlling.”
The government intends to give local authorities the power to restrict the use of wood burners in areas that are already exceeding their pollution targets.
Rather conveniently, many of those exceeding their pollution targets are Labour strongholds.
Without access to this final source of heat, the Tories can be sure that support for Labour – literally – dies, by time the next general election comes around.
And the second biggest contributor to air pollution?
The hot air in Westminster, of course!