George Monbiot said in his wrap-up of our meeting in Oxford that he was struck by the way Dave (and all of us there for Vestas) were cheered to the rafters. He was more impressed with Ed Miliband than I was, but in the end, he concluded, the man is right about the need for the public to mobilise. And to mobilise not only in pressuring our government, but in evaporating NIMBYism. And yes,
“there really is a silent majority in favour of onshore wind, but we’ve failed to mobilise in its defence.”
Yet this is not, as Miliband tried to claim in that meeting, the best thing he can do for “people like Dave” (the worker who spoke next to Mark Lynas, Ian Leggett, Dr MA Khalid, and Oliver Tickell). The best thing he can do for “people like Dave” – not to mention people like anyone else – is to save his job; and to acquire the guts required to keep our only wind power work force in business. Is it going to be Mitsubishi and Siemens on the never-never, and a billion pounds or “further research” to a company displaying appalling corporate social responsibility,
… or is it going to be PEOPLE, Mr Miliband?
n.b. Monbiot amusingly recounts how Miliband’s ridiculous PR manager, who snatched our “ED MILIBAND, CLIMATE VILLAIN?” placard off us at the train station earlier that day, tried to get the the Put People First banners removed from the public meeting. “I don’t like them” she said. Oh, well, in that case …