Two Old Codgers

How the World strikes us

I kept promising myself I would not do a blog about the forthcoming General Election but I weakened. Before we get going, one tiny digression, the poll isn't until this coming Thursday but here is a prognostication. I reckon there will be minor changes but on Friday we will be in the same boat as before - no real majority and the usual petty squabbling and name calling. My hope was for someone, anyone, to have a decent working majority so at least would get something done. I don't care which party (I think there are about seventy standing) from 'The Monster Raving Loony Party' to 'Proud of Oldham & Saddleworth' (Go on, look it up!)
HOuse of Commons
The main parties keep making promises as to what they think the public want. To me this is the equivalent of buying votes. However, back to the non-blog.

The Lib Dems caught my eye with a promise to plant sixty million trees a year to stave off Global Warming or Climate change or simply to get more votes. The maths for this promise are interesting. 60,000,000 divided by 365 days equals 164,383 trees planted each day.

Labour announced a plan to plant 2 billion trees over the next 20 years. This works out at one hundred million trees each year or 270,000 trees being planted every day for 20 years. A planting density of say 10 square metres per tree works out at 10,000 trees per square kilometre, so 27 square kilometres-a-day, that is foresting an area the size of Exeter every day for 20 years.

Would we not be better promising to save the Amazon forests?

Amazon forest

Or is that just too big a promise? I think (and hope!) I have the maths right. Seems like a lot of trees and a lot of money to me.

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