Please listen to constituents’ views
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,