Delingpole on Friday

Did you hear about the Welsh landowner who decided he didn’t – after all – want to have a wind turbine on his property?

Huw Jones stood to make £42,000 a year from hosting the 67 metre turbine on his land in Cardigan. Gosh, what could possibly have persuaded him to forgo this easy money?

Well, Awel Deg/Cardigan Fair Wind, the local wind developer, had a pretty good idea:

“We entirely understand Huw’s decision to withdraw in the light of the huge pressure he and his family has been under in recent weeks.”

What the developer seems to be suggesting is that poor Huw was bullied by his neighbours into changing his mind. And if so, I say good for the “bullies.”

When the democratic process has failed us as badly as it has with wind farms, what option do threatened local communities have other than to take matters into their own hands?

By this I certainly don’t mean to encourage direct action, such as violence or threats of violence either to person or property. But there are plenty of other ways that communities can make their pleasure known.

Probably the most effective is ostracism. Rural society is still a fairly close knit world: neighbours depend on one another and regularly bump into one another at the local shop, at school, at the village fete or the hunt ball. If a local landowner is selfish enough to ruin his neighbours’ tranquillity, views and property values with a ruddy great wind turbine from which he alone financially benefits, then surely those neighbours have every right to signal their displeasure by cutting the greedy tosser stone dead every time he crosses their path thereafter?

Some might consider this an extreme measure to take against people who are, after all, “only” in the business of making a perfectly legal buck, while simultaneously helping the British government fulfil its EU-mandated CO2-reduction targets and boosting Britain’s “energy security”.

But while that excuse may have been valid a few years ago when people were still in relative ignorance about the flaws of wind energy, I don’t think it washes now. People who agree to host wind turbines on their land are doing so with their eyes open. Effectively, when they sign their devil’s pact with their friendly local wind developer, what they are saying is: “Sod the neighbours. Sod the bats and the birds. Sod all the taxpayers and energy users who are ultimately going to be billed for this scam. Sod the landscape. Sod the riders and ramblers whose views are going to be ruined. I’m doing this because the money is just too tempting – and I’m prepared to suffer whatever consequences arise as a result of my greed.”

Well what we need to do, we homeowners, naturalists and lovers of the British landscape, is to make absolutely damn sure that there ARE consequences for this greed.

To repeat, I’m not advocating violence or threats of violence. What I am very much suggesting is that anyone selfish enough to host a wind farm on his land should be made to pay a hefty price for his crime against his community.

After all, if you were to break into your neighbours’ £500,000 houses and help yourself to £125,000 worth of antiques you would – rightly – be put in jail.

You might argue that putting up a wind farm and knocking off up to 25 per cent of your neighbours’ property values is not in the same league. And I’d agree: it’s actually much worse because in the case of wind farm blight your poor neighbours can’t even claim their losses back from their insurance.

Time, I think, for some enterprising soul to create a national online register. It could be called something like Wind Judas – and its job would simply be to identify all those selfish, greedy sods around Britain who have sold their neighbourhood’s tranquillity and beauty and value for thirty pieces of silver.

Not only would the threat of exposure – the modern equivalent of being put in the stocks – make people think twice before choosing to enrich themselves at the expense of their community. But it would also enable the community to enact its revenge through social ostracism.

Next time you bumped into these selfish greedheads as you picked up your morning paper, you could look straight through them. And next time they wanted to do a lift share on the school run you could refuse. And next time they wanted to borrow a cup of sugar or your rotovator or your spare generator you could tell them to get stuffed.

Isn’t this, after all, what the Big Society is really all about: local communities taking charge of the own destiny, rather than allowing it to be dictated for them by faceless functionaries in the service of the Westminister bubble?

20 comments on “Delingpole on Friday

  1. Rocco
    August 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Ostracism is indeed very powerful. Its one of the ways in which a society can regulate itself alone, without the need for government interference.
    But the wider point is that the government shouldn’t be subsidising wind farms in the first place. In fact the government shouldn’t be subsidising anything at all. If something needs to be subsidised, that is a sure sign that it shouldn’t exist; that it would be destructive of wealth.

  2. netcontributor1
    August 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Agrre Rocco, sadly our govn has banned ostracism and opened the door to freeforall subsidies 😦

    • therealguyfaux
      August 23, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

      “…[S]adly our govn has banned ostracism…”
      Au contraire, mon ami.
      Just try to find anyone expressing JD’s viewpoint on windmills on the state-run broadcaster being allowed on to have his/her say, except to be pointed at and ridiculed.
      Might as well have him/her wearing a bell and being made to shout, “Unclean! Unclean!”

  3. Simon Roberts
    August 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I still haven’t seen any mention of a major question regarding wind turbines – who will pay for decommissioning?

    It seems pretty clear that the subsidies will end eventually. Once shale gas gets started properly, wind turbines will require an even more subsidy to remain “competitive”. That which musy come to an end will come to an end.

    So, who will be stuck with the cost of tearing these monstrosities down? There’s no moral reason that it should be the taxpayer, yet these things can’t be allowed to stand unmainted as that would obviously be very dangerous.

    We really should be raising this question. Once landowners get a whiff of the possibility that they will have to pay tens of thousands for decommissiong, transport and safe disposal they will soon think twice about blighting the countryside.

    • Rocco
      August 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

      Oh, but Simon, you are forgetting about all those “jobs” that will be “created”, giving a “much needed shot in the arm” to the vital “decommissioning sector” of the “British economy”.

    • Ian W
      August 24, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      Simon, the answer is that the taxpayers again will pay. The life-cycle of subsidy farms is that they exist only while the subsidy exists. As soon as the subsidy is withdrawn or drops, the company involved declared bankruptcy and the windmills are left to corrode. Use your favourite search engine and look up ‘abandoned windmills’ – or the article “Wind Energy’s Ghosts”. In twenty years time or less these windmills will be rotting stumps and the landowners involved will not be receiving anything to remove them and the subsidies will have stopped. I don’t think that these ‘greedy sods’ (tm Delingpole) realize that they are actually going to be saddled with an extremely difficult problem at a time they probably wanted to retire. Imagine trying to sell a farm in the country side with 10 400ft corroding inoperable wind turbines that need removal. I think these ‘greedy sods’ will get their comeuppance they just don’t realize it yet, as with all the wind energy people life cycle costs and impacts have not been considered.

      • Floyd
        September 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

        I love this unashamed and unrestrained bashing of wind turbines. Your lack of knowledge is overwhleming. Decommissioning – just as with any other infrastructure or such like development – will be the subject of a planning condition demanding the wind farm/turbine be removed at end lifecycle AND that an appropriate sinking fund or such like be established and maintained throughout the lifecycle of the project to ENSURE that the planning requirement (decommissioning) be complied with (at end of the lifecycle).
        Anyway – it must be a lot better to deny this simple provision and continually refer to dated photos from Hawaii showing rusting machines from the 1980s.
        Why don’t we just continue to hawk myths.
        As for the question of subsidy – whoever above stated that nothing should have a subsidy is completely bonkers. In your desire to trounce the wind industry you do yourself a diservice. Regional aid and transport are two of the biggest beneficiaries of public SUBSIDY in the UK. THe biggest beneficiaries being places such as Jims beloved Edw Valley and environs.

      • Carrie Spurgeon
        September 20, 2013 at 6:47 am #

        Floyd you know very well that the offshoot companies the energy companies have made specifically for industrial wind turbines will be declared bankrupt, why else would they have created them at the start? If you really think they will decommissioned by the companies that have erected them you’re more naive than my 9 week old puppy!

        I totally agree with you Ian, they will indeed get their comeuppance and I can’t wait!

      • floyd
        September 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

        Your comment is I am afraid incorrect. I stand by my informed position. Any seach such as you suggest will bring up images from hawaii and none from the UK.

  4. Phillip Bratby
    August 24, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    Unfortunately a lot of the farmers put up a turbine on land far removed from where they live. In essence they are absentee landlords. Ostracism doesn’t work for them.

  5. James Pickett (@fjpickett)
    August 24, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Let’s start by ostracising the Camerons.

    • right_writes
      August 25, 2013 at 6:43 am #


  6. andreasmarciniak
    August 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    There is no safe distance for wind Turbines, NOT GREEN , NOT CHEAP , NOT RELIABLE , and come with a very BAD side EFFECT to People and the ENVIRONMENT. there is Nothing GREEN about TURBINES. SAY NO TO WIND TURBINES .

  7. cornwallwindwatch
    September 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    This is perhaps one of the least reported aspects of wind development and one of the saddest. Families who no longer talk to each other, relations and life long friends falling out. We hear of rural neighbours not only ignoring each other but no longer helping each other as they once did – cows in the roads, sheep escapes, strangers seen sniffing around barns etc. People now turn away. This damage to rural life can not be measured. Many thanks for the article and shame on those destroying our rural way of life.

  8. 1957chev
    September 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Reblogged this on Mothers Against Wind Turbines and commented:
    Fight back against the Greedy Host Farmers!


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