I agree with you that it would be a good idead from the point of energy saving to 1. Provide kettles with a user adjustable final temperature cut off thermostat; 2. Require the body of the kettle to be more heat insulating; 3. Change the shape of the kettle to minimise the quantity of water needed to fill it to the 'minimum' level; 4. Educate people to only fill it with the amount of water actually needed.
However, the proposed regulations do NOT address any of those matters. What they are proposing to do is to limit the power (wattage) of the appliance which does not produce any energy saving whatsoever. All that achieves is to increase the time taken to heat the given quantity of water to whatever the end tempperature may be. Plainly this demonstrates the incompetance of those creating these daft proposals and gives reasonable grounds to ask the question as to whether we wish to be involved with an organisation staffed by such incompetants. Is it also not possible that the article was carried by the Australian newspaper for the information of the many British people who live in Australia, or perhaps it is just that EU incompetance is so mind bogglingly incredible that news of it has even reached the other side of the world.
As a side note, I also wonder whether it is appropriate to use derogatory terms when referring to those who support an opposing view to our own. Surely we can have a reasoned debate here without resorting to such terms as 'Kipper' and 'caMORONer'.