Today, Thursday 24th March 2016, must go down as the day that ended reliable energy supplies for Scotland. The closure of Longannet Power Station. I suspect few of us believed that it would actually happen and that a stay of execution would be brought forward at the last moment. However the culpability of the operators and the ruling junta at Holyrood, which wants another excuse to blame Westminster for their shortcomings, knows no bounds. Now the Scottish Government, that bastion of CND and renewable fairy tales, is even more reliant on nuclear and coal from England, and indeed France, to keep the lights on. In the grand scale of things the £40 million connection costs; a debatable fact as the problem is less the connection costs as the intermittency of a 24/7/365 energy source to comply with the requirement to give precedence to more expensive renewables when they are available; is as nothing compared with the danger to industry and the populace of power cuts and brownouts.