Sunday, June 13, 2010

A public service

The Sunday Telegraph has done us a public service today, publishing a large piece by Andrew Gilligan, who notes that "wind turbines are a poor way to harness energy - but a very good way to generate public subsidies."

The piece says a great deal less than has been written many times by Booker – and by myself on this blog – although it does frame it in terms of Nicky Clegg's missus. She has "acted with characteristic business acumen," writes Gilligan. "These aren't just wind farms – they're subsidy farms. As well as turning a blade or two, at least when the wind is blowing, they're about to start turning a very healthy profit." For that, it is worth reading.

The paper also offers a long piece by Richard Dannatt, headed: "Afghanistan: can the war be won?" It can't, of course, although Dannatt seems to believe it can. His arguments, therefore, demonstrate with clarity why Gordon Brown was right to block his appointment as CDS.

In publishing these, the ST has thus done us yet another public service, by reminding us quite how awful the man is - although I doubt it sees it quite that way. I will be reviewing his piece and many other defence pieces that have appeared in the MSM today, and will publish on DOTR.