Experience backs up Orwell warning
SIR, – Your most disturbing report of a pharmacist hounded from her chosen career (Press and Journal, November 28) illustrates two very serious concerns for our society and its people.
The treatment meted out by a high street name to a faithful employee over an off-duty jocular remark in her own home was quite out of proportion. It is a glaring example of how companies are prepared to sacrifice employees if there is any risk whatsoever to an organisation’s public image. The irony in this case is that the damage to Boots’ reputation is self-inflicted.
But whatever the concern of the above, there is a much greater danger in this for all of us. It would seem in our “chattering” age that anything and everything we say can be used to bring fire and brimstone down on our heads. And the focus by both the Scottish Government and Police Scotland on “hate speech” is inviting – as in the case above – citizens to report fellow citizens. Back in 1949, George Orwell penned his dystopic novel 1984. Big Brother is well and truly here.
Colin Wilson, Bellfield Road North Kessock
We face blackouts because those who should know better have over-deployed on a weather-dependent energy, leaving us all at severe risk from power failures. These politicians have naively and shamefully swallowed the wind industry spin (pun intended) and propaganda and allowed them to construct forests of rotating cash machines that give us no energy security and almost certainly do not save any significant emissions.
They have allowed millions of CO2 absorbing trees to be hacked down and acres of ancient carbon holding peat to be ripped up to facilitate a greedy and ruthless industry. While they wax lyrical about industrial wind turbines and Scotland being the windiest place in the EU, they fail to add that is while we (the consumer) have spent nearly half a billion pounds to wind operators to turn their machines off when there is low demand – especially in spring and autumn.
When there is no wind we are happily importing vast amounts of electricity from England to keep our lights on, people safe and industry running but the likes of WWF, energy advisors to the Scottish government fail to mention that inconvenient truth in their press releases.