I heard Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Trade and Energy, speak for the first time recently and despite not agreeing with much of what he said and his reputation for communicating in management-speak, I actually found myself warming to the man. He came across as a straighforward and honest bloke, which was refreshing in some-one I regards as a political opponent.
However, that view has been tarnished with his decision about the Lewis windfarm. Not the detail, as I don't know enough about the case to judge, but the excuse.
He says that its "European Rules " that have scupperd this, Does that mean he liked it but Eupre stopped it. If the rules whad not been there he'd have gone and done it?
Such is my cyniasim about the SNP populism at all costs, that I read this ruling as being an attempt to be green and be populist at the same time. To those who objected he can say, "see I listened". To those who promoted the scheme he can say, "It wasny me, it was a big European rule boy who did it and ran away". either way he wins and we, the public don't. This is becoming a theme of thsi Givernment.
Shame. I'd have liked to have had an honest opponent for change...
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