I don't think I have ever read such racially slanted remarks as those in 'Tilting at windmills' (Letters, 4 September).
Local pride and conservation is unrealistic and unsustainable, and with the Scottish Nationalists less than 10 per cent away from taking us into full independence, Melanie Watson could be their finest asset.
I remember the promises that were given during the race to install hydro-electro power stations throughout
This cheaper electricity was to be the magnet that would attract industry and encourage the construction of smelter plants and pulp mills. Where are these promises now? Gone, every single one of them.
I don't think Ms Watson will ever be able to sell her proposals to the Scots, however, since
Places that spring to mind are the
And maybe now that our supermarkets buy all their sprouts from South America, how about the Fens, which are too wet to be of any real use. If these suggested areas are too bleak or desolate to be considered, then there are always The Dales — miles of them, all empty with boarded up pubs and empty holiday homes.
Should I forward a copy of the letter to the Scottish Nationalist Party?
I think not, it could start a renaissance in the party that could well threaten the stability of all the western democracies.
While I agree with Melanie Watson (letters, 4 September) that people should be given a choice of windmills over nuclear power stations, that's where my agreement ends.
Her suggestion that signs in
I also strongly disagree with the statement that 'the [Scottish] landscape is bleak and empty'. It is bleak and empty to those that like or expect to see roads, housing and pollution wherever they go. Many parts of
Not far from my own home in
I can't help but think Ms Watson is in the NIMBY camp. I am unaware that her own region,
Finally, if all of
Any engineer worth his salt and who investigated wind farms/turbines would know that they are a white elephant ready for the picking by construction companies and power corporations who see the subsidies as a way of printing money at the grace of exaggerated output claims and the threat of climate change.
Ms Watson's argument (Letters, 4 September) could also be applied to other areas of life.
Chas Edgington, via e-mail
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