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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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Could not agree more.
The council’s management [?] of the CHORD project will go down as one of the longest shaggy dog stories in local authority history.
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Curriculum for Excellence was indeed introduced by Mr Russell’s predecessor, Fiona Hyslop.
He is not responsible for its origins but he is responsible for implementing it.
The one who finally hits the ‘Go’ button is the one responsible for the consequences.
It is immediately obvious that CfE is a content free zone and a jargon riddled notion,
You have only to go to its website and try to make sense of what it says about itself and try to make reason of it.
Mr Russell as the incoming Education Secretary had the opportunity and the authority to bin CfE – but did not.
It is Scotland’s young people and Scotland’s future who will pay for the patent inadequacies of CfE imposed upon it through the superficial engagement of these two ministers.
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‘Leaving government’ simply means no longer having a ministerial post.
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