No votes un­der the sea

Argyllshire Advertiser - - LETTERS -

Sir, I was thrilled to hear that Michael Rus­sell MSP is con­cerned about the pro­posed Sound of Jura fish farm, and how re­as­sur­ing it was to read that, as re­gards any aqua­cul­ture or sim­i­lar, there is a ‘strict reg­u­la­tory frame­work’ in place.

Are these the same reg­u­la­tions he as­sid­u­ously im­posed when he was Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment? As the prob­lems re­gard­ing fish farms poi­son­ing the sea is a long-stand­ing one, I rather doubt it, but who knows?

And are these the same ones be­ing ig­nored by his gov­ern­ment and its agen­cies?

Mr Rus­sell seems to want to be known as ‘the man who brought the beaver back to Scot­land’, but while pur­su­ing this he may have over­looked the ac­tiv­i­ties of fish farm in­ter­ests.

So just be­ing con­cerned about the seabed is fool­ish? How like a politi­cian to be­lit­tle a gen­uine con­cern just be­cause it is not couched in mealy­mouthed phrases, half truths and pre­var­i­ca­tion. If he had seen the pre­sen­ta­tion of sub­sea flora and fauna, he would per­haps be less dis­mis­sive.

But, then, there are no votes un­der the sea.

I am quite sure that I may have got a fact or two wrong but, since speaking from a stand­point of ig­no­rance is not the ex­clu­sive pre­serve of politi­cians, I am quite com­fort­able with that.

Yet again the same tired old ex­cuse for en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age equalling jobs is trot­ted out. It is high time some­one told the truth about these en­deav­ours. I see that some wind farms pay com­mu­ni­ties fund­ing to buy favour the way wind farm de­vel­op­ers do. What will we get from aqua­cul­ture – rides on sub­mersible trac­tors?

I do hope that in his lat­est in­car­na­tion as Brexit min­is­ter Mr Rus­sell doesn’t for­get the stand he has taken in op­po­si­tion to the fish farm and all such mat­ters, though these will no doubt pale into in­signif­i­cance com­pared to the thrill of op­pos­ing the will of the peo­ple.

Alexan­der Hamil­ton, Tay­val­lich.

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