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After a four-and-a-half-year comedy turn as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles is thought to be beyond parody.  But today, full of the rosy-cheeked seasonal mirth of his girth-alike Father Christmas he came bearing a sackful of rejections of another three applications for wind farms (two against the planning inspector’s recommendation).  To those that think our planning system is run by local politicians or planning experts, Pickles has once again delivered his standard response:… Read More

People can get a bit fed up at this time of year – fed up with Winter, fed up with work, fed up with cutesie adverts trying to get you to part with your hard-earned cash.  Fear not, Dave is on your side. Our benevolent leader, our friend in our time of need, our man-of-the-people Prime Minister, feels our pain. Dave listens.  Dave gets it.  Dave knows we’re fed up.  So last… Read More

Remember ‘Vote Blue, Go Green’?  David Cameron promised to bring a progressive environmental agenda with him into Downing Street.  After four years in government Cameron has been reported to want to ‘cut the green crap’ and has allowed the Treasury to act accordingly. Quite a turnaround. The latest evidence of the complete abandonment of the green agenda by the Tories is the announcement that they would place a moratorium on onshore wind… Read More

Here’s a recipe for a May bank holiday treat you won’t find on Masterchef: 1.  Take one converted barn, add a clutch of angelic children, and a sprinkle of doting grandparents. 2.  Stir in a surprise birthday, a formidable quantity of wine and bake in unseasonal warm weather. 3. Allow to cool then serve with the incendiary secret ingredient – a flambee of wind power banter. Nothing, it seems, gets the party… Read More