The Guardian view on plastic bottles: make water available on tap

Tony Gosling tony at
Sun Dec 10 01:42:33 GMT 2017

Great start Guardianistas.... but
Water is a human right under Article 25 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights

Therefore NOBODY should have to pay ANYTHING for it
We got the welfare state wrong - everyone should 
have these things as a RIGHT - not just to be 
given enough money to buy them through social security

Other basic needs under Article 25 are
  - this was the case in Britain until
Article 25.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of 
living adequate for the health and well-being of 
himself and of his family, including food, 
clothing, housing and medical care and necessary 
social services, and the right to security in the 
event of unemployment, sickness, disability, 
widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in 
circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to 
special care and assistance. All children, 
whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

The Guardian view on plastic bottles: make water available on tap
Thankfully the campaign to cut our plastic habit 
by making free fresh water widely available is gathering momentum
Friday 8 December 2017 19.00 GMT

Like a wave building far out at sea, the momentum 
behind universally available cool fresh water is 
growing steadily. It is driven by the realisation 
that the world’s plastic habit must be broken, 
quickly. It’s reckoned that a million plastic 
bottles are bought worldwide every minute; the 
meaning of this number is best expressed in the 
images of mountains of litter made of this 
virtually indestructable material piled by the 
tides on to otherwise deserted beaches in remote 
corners of the globe. It is an unnecessary 
disaster. There is no reason why water has to 
come wrapped in its own environmentally lethal 
packaging. This week, 
mayor Sadiq Khan pledged to develop a city-wide 
network of water fountains and refill stations. A 
campaign to set up refill stations in city 
centres and seaside resorts is flooding across 
Europe. Australian cities such as 
have digital maps showing where drinking 
fountains are available. There could be so much 
more – airside refill stations in every 
international airport to slash the thousands of 
bottles jettisoned at security would be a good 
start. A refill station on every platform in 
every railway station would be even better. The 
choice between income from retail outlets or a 
low-cost move to help end plastic pollution is really no choice at all.

 From South America, where payment must be made 
with subtlety, the Bormann organization has made 
a substantial contribution. It has drawn many of 
the brightest Jewish businessmen into a 
participatory role in the development of many of 
its corporations, and many of these Jews share 
their prosperity most generously with Israel. If 
their proposals are sound, they are even provided 
with a specially dispensed venture capital fund. 
I spoke with one Jewish businessmen in Hartford, 
Connecticut. He had arrived there quite unknown 
several years before our conversation, but with 
Bormann money as his leverage. Today he is more 
than a millionaire, a quiet leader in the 
community with a certain share of his profits 
earmarked as always for his venture capital 
benefactors. This has taken place in many other 
instances across America and demonstrates how 
Bormann’s people operate in the contemporary 
commercial world, in contrast to the fanciful 
nonsense with which Nazis are described in so much “literature.”

So much emphasis is placed on select Jewish 
participation in Bormann companies that when 
Adolf Eichmann was seized and taken to Tel Aviv 
to stand trial, it produced a shock wave in the 
Jewish and German communities of Buenos Aires. 
Jewish leaders informed the Israeli authorities 
in no uncertain terms that this must never happen 
again because a repetition would permanently 
rupture relations with the Germans of Latin 
America, as well as with the Bormann 
organization, and cut off the flow of Jewish 
money to Israel. It never happened again, and the 
pursuit of Bormann quieted down at the request of 
these Jewish leaders. He is residing in an 
Argentinian safe haven, protected by the most 
efficient German infrastructure in history as 
well as by all those whose prosperity depends on his well-being.
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