Comment posted Caithness wind farm rejection by Robert Wakeham.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Malcolm, the answer is not to provide the sort of fodder that encourages this kind of response.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
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Sometimes I think that ‘Simon’ is a construct, rather than a real person.
- How the Royal Navy hedged its bets – or its boats
- Dear Alex…
Look who’s talking!
- Stand off at the OK A814 as Council Roads Department promise remains unfulfilled
What looks like errant HGVs blindly following their satnavs on an utterly inappropriate route might be something very different, but still worthy of public concern.
The curtain-sided truck in the photos looks to be far too tall to pass under the railway bridge at Whistlefield on this road, so – assuming the photos were taken on the stretch alongside Loch Long – any such HGVs must be engaged in military business at either Glen Mallan or Glen Douglas.
These installations are connected by a military haul road, linking shipping at the Glen Mallan jetty with the railway yard at the Glen Douglas arsenal.
I’ll bet anyone that when these facilities were developed the only public road access needed was for small vehicles – all the big stuff was to arrive & depart by train & ship.
If the operation has changed, to require some freight to move by road, this could explain the disappearance and non-replacement of the HGV warning sign.
Presumably trucks like the one photographed are carrying non hazardous material, but it would be good to have this confirmed. And the MOD needs to get itself a proper road.
- Dear Alex…
This was fro ‘Chris.p.Bacon’
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