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Insult to injury

Posted by Richard Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Here's the deal – our regional administration in Westminster gives the euroslime in Brussels zillions of pounds of our money, and they give a tiny part of it back – in this case £18 million – which is then used to build windmills in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Then, of course, the BBC does an orgasmic piece, using the nearest talking head to tell us all how wonderful this arrangement is.

In this case, the talking head is Scottish "enterprise" minister Jim Mather, who betrays the usual economic illiteracy of his kind by declaring, to the obvious approval of the State Broadcaster, that there was the potential to create "more than 60 jobs" from the "investment".

Thus has our language been debauched. State robbery for job-destroying greenery becomes "investment", Mather then burbling on about exploiting Scotland's "green energy potential" and how "vital" the "EU cash boost" will be "in the economic recovery of the Highlands and Islands".

Y'know – and I might even have said this before – when I was a schoolboy, I could never understand why or how people in the French Revolution could have been so cruel as to slaughter their own rulers. But now I understand perfectly. In this case, there are 18 million very good reasons.

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