Sunday, 11 December 2011


The following letter appeared in yesterday's Daily Telegraph:
The report of a wind turbine exploding in the severe weather (December 9) was most apposite during the EU summit. One is an almost useless human invention, about which a lot of hot air is generated, and which explodes under stress. The other is a wind turbine.


  1. Merkel, of course, is closely linked to both.

    Following her knee-jerk reaction to the Japanese Tsunami of shutting down Germany's nuclear power plants, a static calm over central Europe in November saw UK coal-fired power stations working overtime to supply Germany via the Dutch and French interconnects.

    The interconnects are designed to balance demand by moving power around at times when UK and European peak demands differ but for the first time, for over a fortnight in November, the UK became a nett exporter of fossil fuel generated electricity as German windmills came to a standstill.

    Isn't this renewable energy wonderful ...?

    Although the tsunami killed nearly 20,000 people, destroyed or partially destroyed 300,000 buildings with damaged buildings taking the total over a million, not one death is attributable to the damaged nuclear plant.

    Last December, during the coldest snap for years, UK windmills went on strike whilst recently, all of the windmills in Scotland had to be shut down because it was the wrong kind of wind - which didn't stop two of them going into self destruct mode.

  2. Yeah - the "wrong kind of wind". Probably a speech form Gordon Brown or Alex Salmond.

    As to exporting electricity to Germany, I hope we've been paid in good solid £s sterling, and not in dubious €s!

  3. Isn't that precisely what a Grid is for, Knowsie?

  4. Yes, but that isn't the point I was making ...

    I'm surprised that Weggis appears to condone the practice of burning oil to transport coal from Australia* to the UK, then burning it in coal fired power stations (thus increasing the UK's carbon footprint) in order to replace the output of the zero carbon emission plant that Germany has shut down.

    The situation can only get worse as more German plant is shut down and, as has already been demonstrated, French nuclear power can't make up for all of the German shortfall!

    * Other countries are available

  5. Morris said "... I hope we've been paid in good solid £s sterling, and not in dubious €s!"

    Perhaps Morris hasn't noticed the slippery slope that sterling has been following for the past ten years that the euro has been around ...

    When the euro was floated, the pound was worth €1.50 but after only a short while the slide began ...

    Last summer, the rate had slumped to €1.10 - only a few cents above the level that High Street banks sell the euro to tourists below par ...

    Had I been able to buy my euros at 1991 rates, I would have got 36% more for my holiday spending ...!

    Of course, it isn't just my summer holiday that's affected - it also means that we're paying around 25% more for all our imports - such as oil - than our european counterparts.

    Morris has obviously fallen for the propaganda about the euro which has had the desired effect of taking his eye off sterling.

    If the euro is as deep in the mire as we are constantly being told, then you'll have to dig much, much deeper beneath it to find the soggy remains of the pound ...

  6. As a regular user of the € I certainly have not fallen for the propaganda, nor have I taken my eye off anything. Indeed at the start (January 2002) it was closer to €1.60; and on one winter holiday it dropped to as little as €1.03. I just prefer that we are paid in money that is our own.

    It rather sounds, Knowsie, that you've cast your lot with the europhiles and all too ready to talk down the £ - and all our other traditional units of measurement. Perhaps you'll willingly pay the price of a pint to receive a mere half litre.

  7. Well, you can't get much closer to €1.60 than £1 = €1.5998 - the spot rate on 2nd January 2002 when the Euro finally replaced all the old currencies!

    Nobody needs to talk down the pound, Morris! A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words, so take a look at this picture which says it all.

    As for pints - and it's pretty obvious which pints you mean, I've been watching pint glasses containing even less than 500ml passing across bars for quite a few years - so, I would guess, have you!

    Needless to say, anybody who has ever tried that stunt on me knows better that to try it a second time!