DIARY: Strange silence of the patio-warmers

And finally, hearty congratulations to the tenacious team at the Energy Saving Trust, whose lobbying on that most evil of garden wares - the patio heater - has resulted in DIY giant B&Q stopping the sale of the wicked beasties.

Apparently, garden patio heaters can increase a household carbon footprint from that of an oompa loompa to something akin to the BFG's.

The initial EST story was picked up by BBC Breakfast last summer, which trailed the story all morning, and a call for retailers to stop selling them has now taken effect.

Diary is waiting patiently for return fire from the patio heating industry (the Heat Making Trust?). B&Q alone made £8m from the sale of 50,000 of them last year - surely an industry of that size will not take this lying down... ?

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