ANOTHER week of frantic election Watching has passed - and I'm beginning to wish I hadn't started this. It means I have to listen to the radio, read the papers, watch the telly and generally pay attention to those posturing fools on the political scene in the forlorn hope that one of them will say something interesting about a better future for the construction industry.Needless to say, none of them has said anything worth getting excited about so far - a parlous state of affairs when you consider construction is our biggest industry and that they all live in houses, work in offices and travel on roads.
Never mind, just two more weeks and we can all forget it. In the meantime, let's crack on? Election Day minus 13:
nLibDems announce plans to cut road construction.
This week Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy said his party would scrap major road schemes if they seemed pointless.
He also pledged to build more wind farms - but, again, only if they are pointless enough.The LibDems will also stop the construction of new incinerators and nuclear power stations. It's OK, they won't get elected. But industry leaders shake their heads and ask: 'Charles Kennedy - what is he like?' I shall tell you: he's like a beached codfish.
nThe environment has become a major election issue - at least it has for Independent readers and the Green Party.This week's most dubious election fact comes from the Greens: 'Each of the three main parties' campaign helicopters will pump 100 tonnes of CO 2into the atmosphere in the run-up to the election.'The Greens favour a hot-air balloon powered by their own flatulence.
nOpposition parties 'fail to spot Prescott bid to bulldoze heritage'Media reports that John Prescott's plans to raze thousands of highly valued Victorian houses in a bid to release new brownfield inner city sites for redevelopment have failed to draw condemnation from the Tories or the Liberal Democrats.Well, put it this way, I hadn't noticed any.
Political commentators (ie me) explain that the other parties have remained quiet because of their own hidden agendas (I don't know - they're hidden, aren't they? ).
nOpposition parties 'silent on ODPM accounting scandal'The Tories and LibDems have refrained from calling for Mr Prescott's resignation following revelations that there's a 'black hole of some two million in the ODPM's accounts'This is explained by the fact that the black hole is 2,000,000 baht missing from the Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in Thailand and nothing to do with John Prescott.
nThe SNP has launched its manifesto with the slogan 'Make Scotland Matter - Build Another Parliament Building' YOU HAVE to go to the other side of the world to get away from the politicians' constant bleating about MRSA on the National Health, illegal immigrants on the dole and violent crime on our streets.
In Japan, construction workers have just dug up a big hoard of cash.Now that's what I call stimulating news.
The workers were busy clearing the site of a demolished house ready to build a condominium of prestige apartments (those boys know a thing or two about high-density redevelopment of brownfield sites) in Yokohama when they unearthed a big vinyl bag containing 25 million yen in used notes.Admittedly, 25 million yen is only worth about £123,000, but for most people it's still more interesting than a Roman pot or Iron Age sandal.
Best of all, the owners of the demolished house were an elderly couple, both now dead - so the new owner keeps half the loot and gives the other half to the lads who dug it up. Come on, admit it: if that happened on your site, you wouldn't care who won the general election.