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When You're in a Hole, Stop Fracking
Despite myself I'm beginning to feel rather fond of Lord Howell, the ermined fuckwit who called the north-east of England "desolate" yesterday. Speaking to The Telegraph today he has apologized and explained that he actually meant to insult the north-west. So that's all right.

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What was in my mind was much more the drilling going on off the Lancashire coast. But it came out of my mouth as the North East, which you can blame me for rightly. And that has created a great furore.

The North East wasn’t in my mind at all. Afterwards, I checked my words again, playing back the debate.

It was a stupid error of mine to mention anywhere at all. The general story is right – that we want the derricks for fracking to be far away from residences in unloved places that are not environmentally sensitive. I don’t want to see gas fracking subsidised like wind farms are. A lot more care must be taken than has been the case with wind farms, which have caused terrible desecration. It’s odd that they’ve decided to do this in sensitive places down in Sussex.

In unrelated news, the Court of Appeal today recommended that the DPP give further consideration to the guidelines for assisted euthanasia.

And yet Sussex is a wilderness of tacky 30s ribbon development, with virtually no natural countryside of any value remaining, right?

Stupid pillock he is too. Just where are there "unloved places that are not environmentally sensitive" anywhere in these tiny little islands of ours?

Unloved by Tory voters, he meant to say.

It's a fair point.

Peter Maxwell Davis's little piece 'farewell to Stromness' was written when the (Tory) guvmint of the day intended to tear up Orkney for uranium prospecting, safe in the knowledge that it is a place where they're not yet aware that the people's William has long gone to his rewards.

They were quite surprised at the public outcry!

There is, of course, no uranium to speak of in Orkney.

Oh for goodness sake!

Every time he opens his stupid mouth!

He's worth the price of admission.

It’s odd that they’ve decided to do this in sensitive places down in Sussex.

Well, that would be because they'll be drilling where the oil is! :) I wonder if he's aware that there's a very productive oil field down in picturesque Dorset?

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Yes, I'd agree with all that. They have a difficult circle to square, given that (as heleninwales notes) many of the shale gas deposits lie under Tory constituencies. I wondered after his first blunder whether he was flying a kite for his son-in-law, but his correction seems so inept that I'm more inclined to blame narrow-minded idiocy of the kind that only an education at our finest public schools and the House of Lords can provide. Nevertheless, the problem remains - at least, for those Tories committed both to making a quick buck from fracking and winning the next election.

Was he as big a fuckwit when he was an MP? (And Thatcher's first Energy Secretary, I see - cripes.) If so, being ermined is not what did it; voters chose him, not that that's an entirely democratic process, especially not in a safe constituency, either.

To be honest I barely remember him from those days - he certainly wasn't a very high-profile member of Mrs Thatcher's cabinet.

But yes, there are plenty of fuckwits on the green benches too. The difference of course is that, for all the shortcomings of the first past the post system, the Commons does have an element of democratic accountability.