Friday, 14 June 2013
Bullying By The Scottish Government
These days only a few believe, hook, line and sinker, in the MSM's reporting, though sometimes the evidence is too strong to dismiss.
However, if this is true - and unfortunately it seems to be case - then my faith in Alex Salmond's government has fallen to a new low.
In the past year or so I've heard the whispers about pressure being put on various people to pursue the SNP's determination to cover Scotland with wind turbines, but I had no idea how widespread, or true, it was - until now.
This is a folly the SNP will regret for many a year. Quite a bit of the SNP's support lies in rural Scotland where there is an atmosphere of discontent; not only about windmills but also planning permissions for developments on land which was designated as green belt.
Rural dwellers are far more likely to vote than those who live in cities. Perhaps that's because they know, or know of, their MSP. Rural politicians, because of the sparser populations, are usually recognised and some make great efforts to approach every section of communities.
For any Scottish council to be threatened by the appointment of 'a Scottish Government planning reporter to produce an "examination report", if they ignored the Scottish Government's views is shocking. Scotland's senior Scottish Government planner, simon Pallant, continued, "You will be aware that examination reports are largely binding on planning authorities."
It's not often I sing the praises of the Westminster government, but with regard to windmills the Coalition's new policy has windmills in perspective:
The Telegraph article may make uncomfortable reading for SNP members and supporters of independence, but unease shows just how wrong this bullying behaviour is and should not be tolerated.
Will Scots wake up before their lovely country is covered in wind turbines? I would like to say yes, but I hesitate to do so.