Please lis­ten to con­stituents’ views

The Oban Times - - 10 Letters -

Sir, Read­ing your ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing Mike MacKen­zie’s opin­ion on on­shore wind sub­si­dies was prob­a­bly not the best thing to do on a full stom­ach.

Mr MacKen­zie is my own MSP and he knows full well that many of his con­stituents are de­lighted that Westminster has an­nounced they will be end­ing the on­shore wind sub­si­dies, yet he chooses to ig­nore it. For a mem­ber of a party that pro­fesses to speak for all of Scot­land, why does he pro­mote some­thing that en­riches wealthy multi­na­tion­als and com­plicit landown­ers at the ex­pense of us all, in­clud­ing those who can­not af­ford the ‘green’ levies on energy bills that fund it? Mr MacKen­zie merely par­rots, as do his SNP col­leagues and WWF’s Lang Banks, the wind in­dus­try’s own fig­ures with­out any in­de­pen­dent ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

The lost rev­enue quoted may well not have stayed in Scot­land and the jobs lost are spec­u­la­tion whereas the 700+ jobs lost in one steel com­pany be­cause of high ‘green’ charges and cheap im­ports are very real and puts the wind in­dus­try’s wild fig­ures into per­spec­tive.

Westminster has made it abun­dantly clear that the sub­sidy pot has been used up pre­ma­turely and to con­tinue will mean more costs on energy bills.

I have not heard one SNP politi­cian even ac­knowl­edge there could be a prob­lem sit­ing tur­bines near homes or in un­will­ing com­mu­ni­ties. The ar­ro­gance of their dis­missal and re­luc­tance to lis­ten to any­one other than those with vested in­ter­ests is breath­tak­ing. My own MP, Ian Black­ford, took over from the late Charles Kennedy. Mr Kennedy ad­mit­ted that op­po­si­tion to on­shore wind was the sub­ject that filled his in­box more than any­thing else – some­thing Mr Black­ford would do well to re­mem­ber.

Hav­ing had an email ex­change with Mr Macken­zie where he said he would not sup­port com­mu­ni­ties in Scot­land be­ing given the same veto over any wind de­vel­op­ments as their coun­ter­parts south of the bor­der, I have to won­der what his mo­ti­va­tion is be­cause it is not serv­ing his con­stituents, who op­pose on­shore wind, that he is paid to rep­re­sent. Lyn­d­sey Ward,

Beauly.

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