September 18, 2012
Why on earth am I standing as an independent candidate in the Corby by-election? The very last thing I want is to be an MP and, in any case, I’d make a ruddy useless politician – as I discovered on my first day of campaigning.
Because I’m standing on a single issue ticket as the anti-wind farm candidate, I’m concentrating my efforts on those three bits of East Northamptonshire most threatened by wind developments: Molesworth, Chelveston and Barnwell Manor. So my election agent took me on a recce to meet some of my prospective voters.
“What exactly are you trying to achieve?” the first one I met asked me. He was a nice, tweedy gentleman with a lovely old house built out of the gorgeous ochre ironstone that makes Northamptonshire’s villages some of the prettiest on earth. Since his view, his tranquillity and property values are threatened by plans for a huge turbine array on the ridge half a mile away, I thought he’d be happy to be given both barrels.
“I believe that wind farms are a cancer: one of the worst crimes ever perpetrated against the country by Westminster. I want to raise public awareness of just how disastrous these bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco crucifixes are in every single respect. And I want to urge the people of Corby and East Northants not to vote for any of the three parties that support these monstrosities. That means don’t, whatever you do, vote LibLabCon,” I said.
The gentleman was not as impressed as I’d expected. “Sounds a bit extreme to me,” he said. “Extreme?” I said, crossly. “What do you mean extreme?” “Well, they’re not all bad, wind farms, are they? I mean, we’ve got have some form of renewable energy in the mix. Wave power and so on. To reduce our use of fossil fuels and increase our energy security…”
Luckily I didn’t try to hit him or seize him by the lapels and give him a good shake. But as my election agent Trevor gently suggested afterwards: “Maybe you need to brush up on your people skills a bit. They don’t like it when you give the impression that they’re wrong or they’re stupid. Remember, you’re standing in an election, not writing a blog.”
Regular readers of my Telegraph blog may agree with Trevor that diplomacy is not my strongest suit. Then again, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Obviously I find it hugely flattering that Ladbrokes have got me down as third favourite, at 33-1, to win the seat. But I’m not in this game to kiss babies, listen concernedly to people’s pothole issues or shill for their vote by telling them whatever platitudes they want to hear. If by some weird chance I did win, my wife would divorce me, for the last thing she’d want is to be the spouse of an MP. Especially one with no prospect of a Cabinet position.
So I really wouldn’t bet on me if I were you, for I’m not in it to win it. What I’m here for is to give a voice to all those rural people – in East Northants and beyond – who have been disfranchised by our three main parties. Their lives, their livelihoods, their health, their views and their tranquillity are being ruined by wind farms. Yet the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats don’t seem to give a damn: all remain wedded to Britain’s massive wind farm-building programme.
This is why I’m standing: because never in my life have I come across a political issue that makes me quite so cross. Normally in politics there are two sides to every argument. What’s unique about this one is that proponents of wind simply haven’t a leg to stand on. It’s bad enough that a handful of wealthy landowners, mostly foreign-owned energy companies and their hangers on, are getting vastly rich at the expense of the British public by building monstrosities that drive up fuel bills, kill wildlife, blight views, destroy property prices, hurt the economy and make people sick with their low-frequency noise. But the real scandal is that it’s being done with the connivance and encouragement of our elected representatives.
So what I want to do is act as a focal point for the national resistance to this hideous, creeping blight. I want to show to people, like the gentleman in tweed, that, no, wind turbines don’t reduce our CO2 emissions or increase our energy security because wind is so intermittent and unreliable that it needs constant fossil-fuel-powered back‑up. In other words, even the wind industry’s claims for the environmental benefits of turbines are a lie.
One of the saddest phrases I too often hear on my travels is “I’m not against wind energy but…” Of course I understand why people say this: because thanks to the endless green propaganda of the past two decades we’ve been brainwashed into thinking that to be against any form of “renewable” energy somehow makes you an evil climate-change denier in the pay of Big Oil. But this is not only craven and selfish (OK: so whose stretch of cherished country do you think should be blighted then?) but also counterproductive, for it concedes to the vultures of Big Wind a moral ascendancy that they simply haven’t earned.
If there were a single plausible argument in favour of wind power, my task would be a much harder one than it is. But there isn’t. The wind industry is so wrong in every way that to be against it ought to be no more contentious than being against paedophilia. Where wind is concerned we need to stop being Nimbys and learn to be Niabys: not in your back yard, not in my back yard, not in anyone’s back yard.
- Corby: should I stand?
- Greenpeace and The Guardian: yet again, sticking up for the bad guys
- Norwich North: If only they could ALL lose
- Sorry, but wind farms are useless even against vampires
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