I am always puzzled by Laughton Johnston’s letters about the windfarm, and the latest is especially perplexing. Three questions occur to me.
First, why is Laughton so concerned to record that supporters of the windfarms are a majority of the Shetland population? If they are so, all he and they need do is bask.
Secondly, what has happened to his ambitions concerning global warming? Once upon a time it was his main interest with regard to this subject. His latest letter doesn’t mention the matter. As Billy Fox said last week, “they [the windfarm supporters] are certainly looking at [the question] purely from an economic point of view”. That attitude won’t assist with global warming at all.
And finally, a related matter. Do I not recall that Laughton has always been an enthusiast about Shetland’s physical environment? One of his allies remarked at last week’s meeting that he saw “nothing beautiful about the Shetland hills”, and if anything the turbines would “enhance them”. Is that now Laughton’s view as well?