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As I was driving back from St Andrews …

Comment posted Hilarious case of wind business dollar chasers threatening law over cut subsidies by Dr Douglas McKenzie.

As I was driving back from St Andrews today (after some very interesting conversations about novel ways to capture and process solar energy and dodging T in the park) there was a guy on Radio Scotland representing the North Sea industry. Basically, his message was that the industry needed further economic incentives (not subsidies, no sir) to develop the more marginal projects in the North Sea.

The Telegraph the other day had approving coverage of a Parliamentary report calling for significantly more investment (possibly called subsidies) into nuclear energy.

Just what is so special about wind energy that gets people so het up about it?

Dr Douglas McKenzie also commented

  • But my point is that the time for national pride was before we sold off our utilities. (However, it works both ways: I remember the huge disapproval of the German public when Vodaphone (a UK company) acquired Mannesman (the largest German mobile phone company at the time if my memory is serving me correctly.

    As for jobs, all of the SSE and SP engineers and managers I meet tend to be Scots. SE also provide about 400M to the exchequer in tax (and a further ~120M in pension contribution mostly within the UK.

  • In terms of percentages, hydro makes a much bigger contribution in Scottish terms than it does on the UK stage. Biomass also contributes a perhaps surprisingly large percentage. However, in essence, I agree, wind will be the major renewable component in Scotland by 2020 (though still smaller than “conventional” sources).
  • Re: Plinian Victory, if you Google Plinian Victory you get first a Wikipedia reference to Pliny the Elder but then the rest of it relates to your FA post. I think you may have invented a new phrase! (in English at least).

    I cannot find anything in Pliny’s military career that would match your description. I confess that I thought you might be getting confused with a Pyrrhic Victory (to win but at an unacceptable loss).

    Pliny famously died tried to rescue friends of his from the eruption of Vesuvius (probably from a heart attack) so a Plinian Victory could be defined as one where you win but lose your own life in doing so (shades of teh Earl of Douglas at Otterburn).

    There is nothing in the military careers of either Pliny the Elder or the Younger that fits your description so I’m still puzzling where it comes from.

  • German local councils are obviously more efficient with finance than ABC!
  • How is wind going to replace that lot?

    It isn’t. Nobody is proposing that the UK generates all of its electricity from wind (nor for Scotland). But it is an important component – already more important than hydro and growing.

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    Your position is completely untenable.

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    I’m afraid you condemn yourself by your own words. I don’t think that anyone reading what you have written here and the language you have used would conclude anything other than that you have a deep dislike for Mr Russell and that dislike is leading you to basically lose all sense of either proportion or impartiality. It doesn’t matter how well (or otherwise) you know Mr Russell you are clearly exercised by your interpretation of his actions and it is leading you well beyond the pale in what I would consider fair comment.

    This vendetta against Mr Russell and the SNP is destroying FA’s credibility and I have to confess that I’m seriously considering whether or not to continue reading FA (which will cheer Malcolm up if nothing else). I for one am becoming increasingly disenchanted by the constant negativity and sheer nastiness that has crept into this blog. I say that with a lot more sorrow than anger because I think that FA could have been great and indeed still could but there has to be a degree of balance, civility and indeed humour. All we are getting here is bile and it is causing me heartburn.

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    To be honest, this post clearly shows that you are speaking from your personal dislike of Mr Russell rather than an unbiased analysis of the man. Phrases such as “publicity hungry coward” are well beyond what is reasonable comment.
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    You don’t seem to understand the separation of a MSP’s duty to his or her constituency and their responsibilities as a Government Minister.

    Yet again, this is another instance where a member of the Government can do no right: speak up and be condemned as “desperate” or stay silent and be accused of not serving your constituents’ interests.

    It is just as well that Mr Russell has broad shoulders!

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