Nowadays we are governed
by beaurocrats. No doubt "jobs for the lads" rules
and this dictates that there must be something for the lads to
do. A lot of these jobs are in Brussels, where our money is squandered
over rules and regulations concerning just about everything.
The trouble is that once pen is set to paper and a regulation
is made it has to cover every eventuality. What was once a simple
statement turns into vast tomes of regulations. Not least is
legislation concerning electrical safety.
It must be a pain to the beaurocrats
that there is such a proliferation of connector types in use
across Europe. Maybe not. Because of the proliferation one can
envisage not just one legislator but a whole office full. Plenty
of scope for more money to be spent on our behalf.
Below I have shown a large number
of mains connectors that were used from the earliest days to,
dare I say it... the present day.
Probably none of the following
would be acceptable for use nowadays!
I can't remember when it was
exactly, but a new 13-amp plug was introduced in the UK. The
roots of the live and neutral pins were now insulated because
it had been suddenly discovered that if ones fingertips extended
inwards under the plug to a circuit could be made across the
two pins, or between one pin and ground.
None of the early connectors
have this feature. Strange that over 70 or 80 years no-one had
noticed that fingers could touch the pins. Maybe it's only modern
fingers that have this dexterity?
It took the best part of half
a century to standardize UK mains. There were lots and lots of
different voltages, several frequencies of AC mains and of course
the great divide.. some mains supplies were DC and some were