If you followed my instructions - well, of course you did! - and took out a subscription for The Spectator, then cancel it immediately! Dammit, I'm a man who clings to his prejudices most of which are faithfully reproduced in 'The Speccie', so it has been a really 'shlock-horror' moment for me today to read an article at The Coffee House by Ross Clark which urges me to embrace and support a notion which has 'Greenie' written all over it!
I refer to this bonkers idea of building a multi-zillion-trillion tidal barrier across Swansea Bay which has just received the support of some expert who was tasked with investigating the pros and cons. Apparently, the idea is that as the tide goes in and out it will turn some turbines which will produce electricity - yeeeeeeeeeeees, quite! Of course, just one such tidal barrier will not suffice, it requires a whole string of them along a coastline because those wretched, inconsiderate tides do not come in and go out at the same time but several of them linked together will provide power all the time.
Oddly enough, I do not recall hearing or seeing hordes of frantic 'Greenies' demonstrating in favour of these tidal machines. Mr. Clark explains that in fact their opposition to them is growing because 'all the little fishies will be hurt' and those long-legged birds that peck at mud will lose their mudflats. Suddenly, I feel better about the whole idea! Not that I have anything against little fishies and birdies but simply because anything that the Greenies don't like - I love!
Of course, in line with that immutable law which states that there is no such thing as a free lunch, these 'fish-mincers' will cost a fortune which will just add to the pile of money already committed to that Sino-French atomic power station which, in my opinion, will never work and likely will never even be built! But what do I care? I'll be long dead before either of these madcap schemes comes to fruition so the likes of 'SoD' can pay for it all! His generation can keep themselves warm the old-fashioned way by burning Greenies at the stake!