Despite a great deal of time and effort our Political Masters(sic) feel it against their interests to listen to us. After writing to every MSP we received only a dozen replies. The majority simply referred to Scottish Government Policy. I may be wrong but I thought that we appointed MSPs to Holyrood to represent our views and not for those MSPs to solely represent the views of the Scottish Goverment to us. Never have I come across so many people with a totally closed mind. They are quite happy to attend Renewable Conferences but only a limited number including Mary Scanlon, Conservative, and one prospective Lib-Dem candidate, Alan Macrae and Donald Gapp,the UKIP candidate have shown themselves willing to attend a Conference that asks the Questions. In the next few weeks up to the election very few MSs and no SNP candidates were prepare to engage us in Meaningful Dialogue. Whilst the rest of Scotland is inundated with wind farm applications, we note that the seven hills of Edinburgh are imune from this scourge.
I would at this time like to thank Murdo Fraser for his support and to Mary Scanlon for taking the time to address our issues and expressing the willingness to discuss matters further. Less complementary, I might refer to Dave Thompson whose letters show a person unable to open his mind to alternative viewpoints and hopes to garnish votes on the issue of compensation that we all know is circumvented by the provision of Community Benefit or in fact is a commercial descision by the developer.
The President of the Renewable Industry in Spain (wrote a column arguing about the difficulties of the Spanish Industry saying that) …the only way is finding other countries that will give taxpayers’ money away to our industry to take it and continue maintaining these jobs.” Scottish Power is now a subsiduary of a Spanish Company! It certainly looks like they found the mugs to do that!
Ring a ring a turbine
A pocket full of dosh
Four and twenty dead birds
Worth it for the Rocs
‘In 2005 Deputy First Minister, Jim Wallace, was forced into issuing this statement. “Reports suggesting the massive proliferation of wind farms across Scotland are simply nonsense. It is true that a large number of applications are in the system but a great deal of these will not meet our stringent planning regulations. These are designed to protect our countryside, wildlife and natural habitats and this is exactly what they will do”. As everyone knows and as Jim Wallace almost certainly did at the time, this statement is/was untrue and perverse. There are for example currently 54 wind farms proposed, being built or operating within 30km of Edinburgh. When the statement was made there fewer less than 30 and they continue to come.’ Look to our Turbine Truths and Edinburgh University’s Prof. Anthony Trewavas’s report “Public Perception of Wind Farms”
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Oh Boy! The Post Election Party is not over but Mr Salmond has got the bit between his teeth and wants to help himself to the key to the Crown Estate Coffers. He seems to think that not only will it release all the cash to pay for his grandiose spending spree pre election but also pave the way for his aspirations of an independant Scotland. His old adversay Gordon Brown may yet throw his cap in the ring and oppose this aim.
And things are hotting up in Huhne Land. We have always known that Chris Huhne has some strange ideas, but according to his wife, one is to pressurize some other poor sucker to take his speeding points. After his behaviour recently, when is Mr Cameron put this Minister out to grass. If true, and I see no reason to question his ex-wife, this sort on behaviour is a) below contempt and b) illegal.
The tale goes on. After the Volvo Project, one wonders why Tony Blair never got rid of Gordon Brown and his gang of plotters. Now we have David Cameron allow Chris Huhne free reign to destroy the future economy of this country. The old phrase keep your friends close and yout enemies closer still comes to mind!