Viking Energy really are something special.
At their first couple of ‘open’ meetings last year when Scottish and Southern and Viking Energy introduced their proposals for an industrial estate of huge proportions on Shetland, councillor (then plain old Dr) Wills was brought along as quote ‘an independent chairman’ who soon set about ruling out of order any objections and quite clearly orchestrated the Viking case.
However, in the end, good old Dr Wills just couldn’t help himself. He had to admit half way through the second meeting that, yes, he knew the proposals for the windfarm project. Why, because he had written them and made much of the fact that he had reduced a massive pile of data given to him by Viking and reduced it into what he put forward clearly as the most wonderful project that was to be the saviour of Shetland. He, being not only an historian, but an ecologist and generally good egg.
Viking had no right or indeed intention of attending the Sustainable Shetland meeting. It was not open. It was intended for those who quote “supported’ the case argued by SS against Viking. Indeed Dr Wills had no right to be there either as he has all along argued in favour of the scheme, most recently in being elected (can this really be true) as an SIC councillor.
I think that by now SS will have realised (if indeed there was ever any doubt) that the only way to deal with financially supported, economic predators such as Scottish and Southern Energy and Viking Energy is, as many more than one contributor at the meeting suggested, to object forthrightly against the whole scheme.
Hopefully we shall hear soon that this approach has been beneficial in the Western Isles on Lewis. It is the only way to deal with these money making scam merchants.
Keep soaking up the Viking spin Shetland News. Objectivity, forget it.
Organiser for Shetland Against Windfarm Group
28 March 2008
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