This is a story from the John ‘o Groats Journal and it fills you with sadness for the cuplability of man. Caithness, as every central belt politician and every englishman knows, is the end of the earth where no man lives, nuclear power stations abound and people go to do the John ‘0 Groats – Lands End trail. Wrong! Caithness and Sutherland are the furthest outposts of the United Kingdom mainland and the Caithnessian people probably have more in common with their nordic ancestors than to the Celt and Gael. Although described as part of the Highlands many would debate that as it is flow country. A different strata and landscape all of it’s own. And yes, I did say Caithnessian people, as contrary to southern beliefs, a great number of people live there. From Helmsdale to Wick to Thurso and all parts between it is a thriving and populous area, but one seen as ripe for exploitation. A beautiful and wild, rugged area from the high cliffs to the east, recognised by SNH as a Special Protected Area, to the North West Highland Geopark, this is a hidden gem of the United Kingdom. Not only this but the area is the best point in the UK mainland to see the Northen Lights. So read Ralph’s story and weep. The proliferation of wind in this area is nothing short of a criminal offence. Each new wind farm joins it’s neighbour in an increasing unbroken carpet of turbines. The Scottish Ministers see this area as nothing less than an opportunity for all their wind developer friends to rape and pillage the land as of old. Concern for local people is not on their agenda and it is of some note that, SNP support being high in this area at the elections, the people have been let down by SNP elected representatives who are besotted by wind and subservient to their master, Emperor Alex. They should remember that wind farms and their developers have no vote but the local constituents do and at the next elections we should see a quick departure of certain people.
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