Trouble is that a lot of good sparks have been lost through all of this.
In my kitchen fitting I knew my limitations, as a chippy I did my best to get a bit of knowledge by doing a basic electrical course and by doing my 16th edition, I know thats probably the equivelent in the chippy world as a one armed roofer but the electrical work I did was very basic anyway.
Life goes on and as it happens it was one of the best turns I've made in my career as I fell into two fantastic jobs that are still going on today some what ? 5 years or so from when Part P was introduced.
I had battles with IEE and the other body (there you go it means so little to me now that I forget their name
) after jacking in my membership and withdrawing my payments after they tried putting the pressure on but that made them look even worse.
Its a bit like the building affiliations that are out now, the Guild of Master Builders, Check a Trade (what a joke that is) and the others, just out and out money making schemes that just deceive the general public into thinking they have quality tradesmen, what they get are tradesmen who need to pay large amounts of money to get jobs.
The best tradesmen never advertise, they simply dont need to
I had Check a Trade chase me up for ages and they really couldnt believe why I didnt want to part with stupid amounts of money to be put on a register, even when I explained that I had worked at least 5 days a week, every week since I went self employed in 1982.
What did I keep getting ? "ah but Sir what about all the extra work you would get"
Work to live, not live to work