reply to anita allen
Well, they say if you put your head above the parapet...
First of all I’d like to say that I’m sorry to Anita Allen (“The polls don’t lie”, Opinion, May 29) that she is so upset about the wind turbines.
I’m not sure how close to them she lives; I hope it’s more than the minimum distance of 500m.
For me it is more upsetting to live near a main road and have been built around, but we all are affected in different ways by ‘progress’.
Also, no, I don’t read the papers or listen to the news much because I find them too depressing, but if RWE avoid paying corporation tax then they should be slated along with all the other companies.
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I don’t think I’m a hypocrite any more than any of us are – eg we might love animals but drive cars along roads that destroy their habitats, or eat meat from factory farms, or be concerned about pollution from flying but would like some warm sunshine!
As in any democratic political party there are variations on our views, so please don’t attack me so personally for my membership of the Green Party when you don’t know anything about me.
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I think there has been too much focus on eg wind turbines and not enough on conserving energy in the first place.
How many jobs could be created and homes could be retrofitted to insulate them better and reduce energy bills with the cost of the Atlantic Array?
I follow the RSPB policy on wind turbines where they say that climate change is more threatening, so support some.
I’ve written letters against some and have supported some. Community ones are preferable and I am against big business ones.
I stand by my view that the Green Party would protect the environment and be fairer and more just to most peoples’ needs in the NHS, and for education, welfare, etc.
I think you’re right that we live in a dictatorship.
In my view the dictatorship is that of big business in league with many politicians who are dependent on their donations for their political parties and who personally profit from them in one way or another.
Why else have the bankers not had their bonuses stopped and been bailed out while small businesses suffer? Why else do they dither with getting corporate taxes paid?
They say the ‘right’ words but allow the UK to have safe tax havens too. They are the hypocrites.