Scottish first minister Alex Salmond admitted his government had been "caught out" by a "perfect storm" of heavy snow and bitter cold.
But if Mr Salmond had spent a fraction of the time spent on his fatuous climate change agenda on cold weather contingency planning, he and his government perhaps would not have been caught out so badly. His problem, therefore, is this not so much a "perfect storm" of heavy snow and bitter cold as a "perfect storm" of stupidity.
And that is a perfect model for the broader policy issues. While he and his likes fritter away their time and our money on "saving the planet", our electricity supplies are allowed to deteriorate for want of intelligent planning.