The original definition of a Nimby is an MP or member of the House of Lords that objects to developments in his or her constituency lest it loses them votes at the elections but is perfectly happy with such developments in another area especially if the resident MP is of another persuasion. Well Lord Howell and David Fallon, Minister for Energy have proved themselves real Nimbys, haven’t they. Lord Howell suggestion that the far north is an uninhabited boringly empty wilderness suggests that he still looks at maps that show points north of Milton Keynes as ‘Here be Dragons’ while Fallon’s outburst shows a lamentable failure to grasp the nettle. He could be right. Badly managed; and his party and that of the opposition have a lamentable record for badly managing things; shale fracking could be another goldrush. But then we, in the wild untamed uninhabited Northern reaches of this sceptered isle, know that well. The crass management of wind which government planning inspectors have approved in every hill and hollow of our rural hinterland has alreaday proved an unmitigated disaster. But Fallon, who hails from Kent, thinks wind farms are good. Wind farms aren’t in his back yard! The fact that the Sussex drilling is for oil and not gas, on a site that has already been drilled for oil and only a few miles away from a producing well that no one even knows is there. Perhaps if he gives the drillers the address of the rectory in which he resides they would arrange a little demonstration. The louder the better as it might shake some common sense into him! We can all see why Davey accepted him as Minister as he is obviously a deep green lib-dim, under that sheep’s coat of Tory misrule!
The gaffe of Fallon click to read