In particular, the Mirror asked these families this question: "Is the government appeal to cut consumption fair?"
A family called the D'Costas ("a middle-class couple that leases out sound systems for functions") responds (name changed):
- "The government is being very unrealistic in asking the masses to cut down consumption. Are they trying to say that we waste energy? Rather than telling us to conserve energy by cutting down on consumption, the government should clamp down on slums and industries, where power pilferage is rampant," said [the husband].
"The advent of modern electronic appliances has made housework very easy and I can finish off my household chores very fast. But if we cut down on the use of these gadgets we will only be going backward in a developing and growing country," said [the wife].
Nobody, but nobody, must stop the march of progress, I say. And now excuse me while I switch on my comb.