Comment posted Caithness wind farm rejection by Robert Wakeham.
By mentioning clippers you’re tempting fate; wait for some luminary to point out that as the wind doesn’t blow all the time sailing boats are utterly impractical and would never catch on.
Robert Wakeham also commented
- It takes one luminary to recognise another, but I do try to get my facts right, Malcolm, because I think presenting stuff as fact when a little bit of checking would have proved it wasn’t is really rather tedious after a while. Thames barges seem to have been remarkably successful, and fit for purpose, in their time – the programme stated there were thousands of them. Your comparison of my comments on Diego Garcia with the defence of the Falklands isn’t comparing apples with apples, and unfortunately this is a habit of yours. A long time ago, when I was very young, my father was fond of reminding me that it’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and prove it, and while that was designed to deflect annoying questions it can be used in the context of some of your less well considered pronouncements.
- Henri, the Argyll settlement pattern doesn’t fit your model, and there will always be a need for transport of some sort.
- Malcolm: ‘nowadays we we would go in there with millions of pounds (actually probably US dollars) worth of equipment and ‘rescue’ them and give them a lovely home somewhere else – sorted!’ No, Malcolm, we wouldn’t – going on our track record. If they’re a small population, in a remote place, we might just repeat our treatment of the population of the Chagos archipelago (Diego Garcia) where we drop kicked the people into a Port Louis slum in Mauritius so we could rent their atoll on a long lease to the US Dept of Defense. Hah! you might say, that was in the bad old colonial times; so it was, but we’ve denied those people their rights to live in their own homeland ever since – and even denied them decent compensation.
- It’ll be an even greater achievement if the next revision of the building regulations can manage to impose the next step in achieving increasingly energy efficient buildings without further adding to the opacity and complexity of the regulations.
I can’t help thinking that – if the tightening of energy standards for buildings was matched in the vehicle construction and use regulations – the big high performance ‘gas guzzling’ 4WD car would be an extinct species by now
- Malcolm, the answer is not to provide the sort of fodder that encourages this kind of response.
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My only experience of London City was unfortunate, when I thought I’d be clever by connecting out of Schipol into London City (much nearer my destination) rather than Heathrow. However, it took a four hour wait at Schipol for Thames estuary fog to clear, whereas none of the other London airports was affected. Makes me wonder whether Boris’s scheme for a new mega airport on the Thames estuary is more than a little bonkers.
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If the view isn’t blocked by Chinese container trains.
- Indy and the Monarchy
Recognition at last.
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‘…with a face like a bulldog….’ – an unfortunate description, given that everyone knows that bulldogs are British, whereas MacAskill is presumably convinced that he’s not British.
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I thought Salmond had crossed the frontier to foment revolt among the border people down in Carlisle. The English should beware of little green men in kilts.
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