Pampering the population
In its zeal to save energy, the government has decreed that for the next six months TV stations should shut down between 1 and 5 a.m., unless they're showing religious programmes or European football matches which the TV companies have already contracted to show..
Now I wouldn't think there'll be dramatic energy savings from this policy and I can well understand why the subscribers to Kablevision, a company with limited reach ~ Jakartass Towers is literally on the wrong side of the tracks, are particularly upset.Most customers accused the company of using it as an opportunity to skim extra profits by lowering the cost of production, without lowering the monthly fee that everybody must pay.
"We still have to pay fees for 24-hour cable access. If the broadcast hours are reduced by four hours, the company should give us a 16.7 percent discount per month," one customer was quoted as saying.
Then, of course, there is the question of what all those night workers are now going to do. For example, security guards may now be tempted to sleep on the job.
What worries me the most, however, is the one inevitable consequence of folk going to bed early - we can expect a baby boom to start next March.
Not that I need to worry.
I don't watch TV.