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We would have thought that good science – and enough good science – would be an absolute prerequisite for the policy currently being implemented wholesale.
The preparedness to drive ahead without anything like an adequate reassuring research base, on matters which will leave a permanent negative legacy, challenges belief in reason.
We also find it disturbing to witness how far the ability even to conduct civilised shared investigation on a rational footing has been undermined by an evangelical abusiveness which does not grace humanity.
There is an extent to which the issue of renewables has been hard wired to the vision of Scottish Independence and has become synonomous with it, distorting the need to interrogate the scientific foundation for a major redirection of the environment.
We are agnostic on both independence and on turbine driven renewables -although increasingly opposed to the latter on objective, rational grounds. It is worth saying that we were not previously agnostic on either.
Evidence emerging on serious environmental and physical consequences of turbine production and operation, alongside the sheer scale of some of the installations contemplated on and offshore, without the support of adequate research results, is redirecting our view weekly.
And the management of the independence prospectus increasingly seems so ad hoc, opportunist and inflexible in its response to changing external circumstances – like the reality of the condition of the eurozone – that any intelligent person would pause for more considered personal thought.
Neither cause is made more attractive by intemperance and abuse.
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- For Argyll is not a political party operating a whip system. Of course we have different views and we are each entitled both to express and pursue them – in genuine mutual respect.
Each of us is entitled to say what we see and think – so long as we provide the evidence and argument for it, which we work to do.
Charles Dixon Spain remains faithful to wind and I have no doubt that his community – and others – will benefit substantially from the inventive energy I hugely admire which he has put into the Stronafian forest project. Another colleague in our core team, John Patrick, is also vigorously committed to the value of wind energy.
I am the one who has changed position, driven by evidence I am unable to dismiss, from having been a supporter of renewable energy and of wind energy, to a position of serious concern.
All that any of us can do, within and without For Argyll, is to test privately the validity of what we see and think; present publicly the evidence and reasoned arguments for what we come to see; be prepared to listen to and honestly examine contrary evidence and other equally reasoned views; and, on occasion, accept the case of a superior reason.
If I had not personally been prepared to go through this process I would not be where I now am – which is not where I expected to be.
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- Serenissima waits for higher tide – and she has had earlier identities
We are, of course aware of that.
Watching at the time, what we saw her do was make marked changes of course over a short distance, some times at 90 degrees and at one point turning through 180 degrees three times in a row.
While some of this could have swinging to tide and current, the repetitions did seem to suggest controlled activity.
And it was only when she settled that her AIS recorded ‘At Anchor.’
- Update on SNP meeting
As we have said, the potential Holyrood candidate offered support for SNP selection against Mr Mackenzie, as we reported,is not a political figure – and that includes Mr Allan, who is certainly one such.
We will identify the person concerned when selection time comes around but not until then. Until that point, it is not the person offered the goodie bag who matters, it is the easy use of the patronage of the pork barrel to buy obligation where it might be personally useful – and the continuing failure of loyalties.
Councillor Semple is certainly much more experienced than Councillor Taylor and has held a range of senior responsibilities.
The ‘why not’ question is one for the party and it would be interesting to know the answer.
Councillor Semple is apparently to be given the Economic Development brief – which would be far more personally developmental than trying to lead, with no authority whatsoever, in the current circumstances, with party control now at the level of ‘submission of intent in advance and sign-off – or not’.
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The ‘end of the decade’ limitation is germane and explain why S&TAS rightly gave the news no more than a qualified welcome.
It is as admission that change is necessary, though – so it’s important to push for that to be sooner rather than at the end of 2019. There is no reason why it should not be.
- Update on SNP meeting
The fact that Mr Allan was asked and agreed not to resign does not negate the fact that he was to resign – and should have done so.
Councillor McCuish was persuaded not to resign and will have to make his mind up at what point he puts the interests of his constituents before those of his party.
Sandy Taylor IS a novice councillor.
As a former council officer and not at the most senior level, it is hard to see how he would – if he were to be voted Council Leader – successfully translate to being senior to those who have been his own line managers.
The fact that he has not been able to protect his group of councillors from tightened control measures from party central does not suggest someone with what it takes to stand ground over those he perceives to be his seniors.
- SNP meeting on Monday may be testing time for mega-coalition proposal
We’re not going to do a ’20 questions’ routine but, to let local politicians off the hook, it’s not any of them.
And we’re now taking a vow of silence.
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