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
- Storm tally and situation review
How about leaving the ‘perspective’ for 24 hours until the other consequences – well beyond Tiree – become apparent?
- The Castle Toward affair: more puzzles
This might give ‘multitasking’ a whole new meaning, in the same way that the council meetings seem to benefit from a novel application of the ‘just in time’ production philosophy to the ‘delivery’ of information to councillors just before they’re required to reach a decision.
Probably also linked to the ‘need to know’ principle of keeping as many people as possible ‘in the dark’ for as long as possible, in the interests of efficient, smooth and hassle-free administration.
And let’s not forget the notion of ‘corporate responsibility’ – swim together, sink together?
- Storm tally and situation review
Just now the BBC Travel news website shows the Rest as reopened, but shows the A82 closed both north of Tarbet and to the south, at Arden. It also shows the A83 closed near Kennacraig.
The Traffic Scotland website, on the other hand, only mentions the A82 closure north of Tarbet, and for spells of no more than 15 minutes.
There seems to be room for improving the information, and maybe even increasing the computers’ vocabularies to overcome their propensity for occasionally spouting nonsense.
- Transport Scotland warns travellers to prepare for strong winds tonight and tomorrow morning
There’s a link on the STV website – no West Highland services, or to the north of Inverness, and not many even in the Central Belt. I can’t remember the last time a bad weather forecast led to such widespread planned shut down.
- Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service explains investigation process for Clutha helicopter
The Glasgow Herald now reports that – following the fatal crash of the same model of helicopter (an air ambulance) in Hungary – the European aviation safety watchdog was told three years ago to recommend that all twin-engined helicopters used by emergency services be fitted with black-box recorders.
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