With the Glen Morie PLI only days away the Government has insisted the Inquiry goes ahead despite probably being illegal. The Scottish Ministers consider themselves above the law. This is not what you want to see from a democratic government and raises serious issues over the future Independence policies. The Law is the law and if everyone picked and chose which bits they want that is called Anarchy! The Story here
That the problems could be overcome by simply applying for an electricity generating licence, which takes about forty days and only costs £1400, would suggest that simply sisting (delay or suspend) the case until such papers were complete was considered un-necessary. This displays a greater arrogance and control of a supposedly ‘independent’ arbiter, The DPEA(Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals), than is acceptable in this country. It may well be that an appeal overturns Lady Clarke’s ruling but until that time her decision is the law of the land. It would seem precipitate to pursue this case especially where it has raised so many concerns from such a wide body of organisations. The issue of other wind farms approved and waiting approval when not compliant and therefore not legally competent is an ongoing issue. This does need sorting but a bit of humility from the Scottish Ministers would be useful. However I think that highly unlikely. At the moment we look at the First Minister and the saying “when in a hole, stop digging” comes to mind!