Chris Huhne’s plan to cover Britain’s countryside and seas with 32,000 hugely expensive and useless windmills continues under his successor, Ed Davey
Almost wherever we look at the words and actions of our Coalition ministers, as my colleague Richard North observes on his EU Referendum blog, it is as if we see “dead men walking”. For all the acres of newsprint devoted to the downfall of Chris Huhne, it may one day seem that his greatest crime was his plan to cover Britain’s countryside and seas with 32,000 hugely expensive and useless windmills. Yet this criminally absurd policy continues under his successor, Ed Davey, just as if Huhne were still in office.
Faced with near-universal calls for the sacking of Sir David Nicholson, under whose watch 1,200 people died in the squalid chaos of Stafford Hospital, David Cameron’s only response is to say that this caricature of a bureaucrat must be allowed to continue in post just as if nothing had happened.
No sooner has Mr Cameron proclaimed that “there is no magic money tree” than, the next day, he announces from Downing Street that we are to give a £10 million aid package to Afghanistan’s ministry of mines, to assist it, inter alia, in negotiating a $3 billion contract with the Chinese to exploit one of the world’s largest copper reserves. This, it is estimated, will give its Chinese developers an income of half-a-billion dollars a year, not to mention the $30 million allegedly slipped to the mines minister for awarding them the contract. So our poor country floats on from one crazy disaster to the next, just as if nemesis will never come (except, of course, in the case of Huhne).