Reality has finally dawned and the messages that local communities have been raining down on planners and councillors have finally found a voice. I think Alan Sloman originated the first definition of the Loch Ness Ring of Steel and for that we will be eternally grateful. As to Cllr. Thomas Prag comment that another wind farm is perfectly acceptable as the turbines blend in with the ones behind, we would seriously suggest he visits Specsavers. Every time he opens his mouth he proves that he has been bought by the industry. This editorial from the Press and Journal identifies two aspects. That more wind farms are unacceptable in an area reliant on tourism and that the wind industry doesn’t understand democratic decision and will appeal to the Scottish Ministers. It won’t be Fergus Ewing, even if he retains his position, as it is in his parish and assumptions that it will be John Swinney are premature prior to the elections. We wait with some trepidation the outcome and the possibility of a hard line central belt windy being given Fergus’s job in the event of an SNP victory. The electoral system so favoured by Donald Dewar as a method to prevent a single party control has failed and in it’s failure has the serious implication of guaranteeing SNP control through the regional seats. The lack of an effective well regarded opposition compounds the problem. This has a very serious effect on local democracy and the decisions of local planning authorities.