Pop the corks! This is the 300th Wind of Change blogpost.
This blog has been running for nearly three years now. In that time, we have reported on the sickening tactics - the lies, intimidation, overthrow of local democracy, misappropriation of funds - routinely employed by extremist nimby groups like VVASP in the pursuit of their fanatical, selfish aims.
We have exposed the effects of such atrocious, mendacious and vicious campaigns on conscientious locals.
We have countered the insane and idiotic myths promulgated by anti-windfarm hysterics by researching and publishing the facts (windfarms are not noisy, they do not trash property prices, they do not make you ill ...)
We broke the news that the independent Advertising Standards Authority had judged VVASP's ludicrous claims - the basis of their entire despicable campaign - to be untruthful and unsubstantiated. We revealed the extent to which the hoodlums of VVASP, led by a desperately dishonest cabal, had misled local people, overtaken parish councils, set up a fraudulent "Windfarm Working Party", siphoned off public money and tricked the district council into hiring a biased noise consultant.
We were extremely proud to have this blog archived by the British Library, so that future generations can discover the depths to which their grandparents stooped just to prevent a wholly harmless, beneficial and necessary development from taking place.
300 blogposts. Makes us think of the Spartans at Thermopylae. Each post is a Spartan soldier, holding the "hot gates" against a filthy horde of self-serving liars and right-wing nutcases.
That, you see, is the problem. Only those on the extreme right keep trying to shout down those who care about the future of our society and our planet. Take the exceptionally irrational Delingpole, climate change denier extraordinaire. To him, "green" policies are really "red" policies. Rampant free-market capitalism, of the kind which has plunged the world into economic, social and environmental chaos, are threatened by far-sighted and sensible planning - the sort that gives us technologically-brilliant and aesthetically-pleasing wind turbines.
To the cretinous Delingpoles of this world, the good of the planet is bad for their bank accounts. And so they lie, and they lie, and they lie. And every tinpot little nimby out there gobbles up their lies with gormless gratitude. They don't want to see a windfarm, and so they love the Delingpole lies. Makes them feel less bad about their betrayal of everything and everyone.
Nimbies are consistent only in their treachery. In Lenchwick, they insisted that because a local minority - mostly those within sight of the proposed windfarm - had been bullied and misled into opposing it, the windfarm could not go ahead. And yet, on the Isle of Lewis, where a windfarm is proposed some eight kilometres away from the Callanish standing stones, the locals are not opposed - and so the windfarm must be stopped because people who don't live in the area don't want it. See the problem? They change the rules whenever it suits them, these subhuman nimby types.
And surely the Callanish issue puts paid to the monstrously silly "2 kilometre" rule demanded by nimby maniacs. Suddenly, eight kilometres is too close. The fact is that these weirdos don't want windfarms full stop - even though they're a low-cost, effective and elegant solution to an imminent crisis - for the usual Delingpole reasons. Renewables are "socialist". It's as simple, and as demented, as that.
Well, all in all the news isn't looking good, folks. While the Delingpoles of this world continue to lie their heads off about climate change and renewable energy, the real experts are sounding the alarm louder than ever. Read this and weep:
That's the real problem. These insane, self-centred, woefully dishonest and greedy anti-windfarm activists are a sideshow. They're the nutters who refuse to face up to reality.
But they're evil, and they're dangerous. Every nimby campaign is another nail in the Earth's coffin. They are the ones who will be held responsible for our failure to adjust to the realities of the 21st century.
We will fight them all the way. Already, 300 blogposts have exposed their shabby lies, their shallow selfishness, their hypocrisy, dishonesty and treachery.
This blog is a monument to their crass stupidity.
Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by,
That here, obedient to their laws, we lie.