“It is a good 20 years since I last drove all the way to Scotland, and in the interim something unbelievable has been done – in our name – to our green, pleasant and precious countryside,” he said.
“I mean the windmills, the turbines – whatever they are called. I mean the things that look like some hideous Venusian invasion, marching over the moors and destroying the dales; the colossal seaside toys plonked erratically across our ancient landscape; the endless parade of waving white-armed old lunatics, gesticulating feebly at each other across the fields and the glens.
“They seemed to be everywhere, and I asked myself, when were we consulted? Was there a referendum? Did someone ever warn the British people that these moaning seagull slicers were going to be erected on some of the most sensational scenery that God ever called into being?”
Boris Johnson – Mayor of London
The reality check that Boris experienced is something that the Urban ‘elite’ parse as an inconvenient truth. Like the Ostrich they have buried their heads in the London Clay and simply listened to the BBC, Guardian and Independent about Anthropogenic Global Warming and worry about their ipods, ipads and increasingly electronic homes. They bought Prius cars and the electricity on a green tariff and accused those that raised the issue of the damage to the environment as Nimbys. Never mind that charge should be levelled more at Caroline Lucas MP than at anyone subjected to the torment of noise, the division of communities and the crashing value of their properties. Nimby always was and still is a reference to a polutician watching and protecting his own future employment than any person protecting their quality of life and their home environment.
So well said “Boris”. Just a pity that it has taken so long!