Wednesday, 21 August 2013

David Morris: Putting the Wind into Wind Farms

In the last politics blog I told you that David Morris, the MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale was reporting back with an expensive booklet. He was also rich enough to have it delivered to his constituency and leave extra copies in local shops. The phrase money to burn comes to mind. 

Well blogs cost nothing so I am happy to delve deeper into David’s reports. There are plenty of snippets of information. Did you know that ‘David has helped shape Government policy to ensure WIND FARMS ARE NOT BUILT ON SHORE’? I really don’t know what this means. I had thought that David Cameron was trying to tell us that his party were becoming more environmentally friendly. Is the Tory Party actually saying they don’t want renewable wind energy except the more expensive kind in the sea? 

Even stranger, in this week’s Morecambe Visitor is an article about a dairy farmer who has been given planning permission for wind turbines in Nether Kellet. Somebody should tell David that wind farms are being built onshore, and according to the Government's own website 'The UK has some of the best wind resources in Europe and onshore wind is one of the most cost-effective large-scale renewable energy technologies. We are committed to using onshore wind as part of the UK’s energy mix'.

I like the quote in the newspaper ‘It was explained that local and national planning policies encouraged development of schemes which would create renewable energy, so long as their impacts were acceptable’. Somebody should explain this to David Morris before he reports back again. Perhaps he didn't mean what he wrote. Perhaps he meant the complete opposite of that. He may have also meant to give his booklet the title Autumn 2013 rather than 2012. 

The Tory party used to have a torch as their emblem but in 2006 they changed it to a tree to show how friendly they were to the environment. Maybe it's time to go back to the torch.

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  1. I sometimes wonder if he really knows where his constituency is, and who he represents. I have still not had a reply to the "contact your MP" e mail I sent him last year. I'm not sure of their environmental concerns, I think they ,may just be NIMBY concerns. There's plenty of onshore wind could be farmed at Westminster

  2. There are quite a few Tories who do not agree with Cameron and the pseudo-Liberals that permanent fuel poverty, the destruction of the countryside and recession are desirable. Perhaps he is saying that he is one.

  3. Thanks for your comments Sea and Neil.

    Neil, you may have hit the nail on the head - or maybe not. David, our MP is best friends with David PM and wouldn't strain that relationship. It is much more likely to be another typo or pandering to local voters as Sea points out.