I have another issue on which to disagree with UKIP’s Nigel Farage. Wind turbines. He doesn’t like them and doesn’t want them on land in the UK.
But they’re objects of both beauty and utility. When I look out of my bedroom window in the morning, the turbines of the Delabole WInd Farm on the horizon stand white giving perspective and interest to the ridge. If they’re cloaked by rain, we miss them.
When I get a good enough photograph of my own to show their beauty, I’ll put it in. Meanwhile, look at the Good Energy website here.
I’ll concede that there can make some noise, just as roads and aeroplanes do. It might not be fair to build them too close to existing houses. But to ban them because some people don’t like the look of them is absurd. De gustibus non disputandum. I personally think a group of wind turbines along, for example, the Hog’s Back in Surrey would enhance the view.
UKIPs big idea is to somehow undo the political changes made since we voted two to one in the 1975 referendum that decided we would enter a community whose goals were clearly states as being to allow free movement of resources, including labour, within the member states. This had enormous economic, social, and political implications, but people then were idealistic enough to vote two to one for in favour of joining.
For the record, in 1975 I voted against. But we – the electorate as a whole – made the decision.
Nearly forty years on, there’s no way to unscramble that omelette. It would be disastrous for the United Kingdom to try. We are poorer in relation to other countries now than we were in 1975 because the world does not owe us a living. We need free trade, and cutting ourselves off from Europe now would be a disaster for the ordinary people of this country.