Roger Helmer MEP on children and wind farms
As usual Roger talks sense and is full of interesting details -
I came across a heart-warming story recently, which took place on Jamie Oliver's TV show, Jamie's Ministry of Food. I believe the premise of the programme was to encourage people to learn to cook good food at home, and to pass those skills on to friends and neighbours, so Jamie started by teaching a few willing participants some basic recipes.On wind -
One of those whom he taught was a girl in her early twenties, who had a child aged around 6 or 7, and who didn't know how to cook anything at all. She had been living on benefits, feeding her child on take away food. By the second or third programme, having mastered a few recipes, she was already cultivating some vegetables in a small plot in her back garden and had really taken to teaching others her newfound skills. By the last episode, Jamie had identified her as having a natural talent in the kitchen, so he took her along to the local community college and informed her that she had, if she wanted it, a place there to learn to cook professionally. The girl emerged from the college in tears, and when asked why, replied that she had left school at 16, pregnant and with no qualifications so had assumed that her life was over. As far as she or anyone else was concerned, she would never amount to anything beyond being a mother to her little girl. But Jamie had shown her, for the first time, something she not only enjoyed and was naturally good at, but also that she could turn into a profession, and take pride in.
The shameful fact is that we have condemned generations of average and below-average-ability children to entirely inappropriate academic courses that fail to engage their interest or attention. We have spent ten years and a great deal of money on each child, and all we have done is to prove to them, and to the world, that they're good-for-nothing failures. Then we chuck them on the scrap-heap.
What we ought to have done is to offer them excellent vocational and skills training, equipping them for a life-time of self-sufficiency, self-respect and achievement.
So we have a choice. Do we want first-class chefs, and bricklayers, and heating engineers, and mechanics? Or do we want welfare-dependent couch-potatoes? It's our call.
Chris Heaton-Harris and I have both done a great deal of work to support local protest groups against the wind farm planning applications which are breaking out like a rash across the region, especially along the M1 and A14 corridors. Whatever view you take of the Great Carbon Myth, wind farms are simply unsustainable, in either economic or environmental terms. There are many things we need to do to reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels, but building wind farms is not one of them. We saw earlier this year, during the long cold snap, the way that wind farms produced scarcely any power at all, just at the time when we needed it most. Wind farms are the worst kind of gesture politics. They may salve the consciences of the chattering classes, but they blight lives and villages and local communities. They further reduce property values. They pose health risks to nearby residents. We should not build them at all, and especially not within two miles of existing dwellings.
His newsletter is always worth reading. And I say this despite the fact that Roger and I were at school together.
His new ad should attract attention. It's a bit reminiscent of Lady Godiva.
The first tax protester in recorded history.