VentnorBlog reports that Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, is to talk to Isle of Wight council in London. (Sorry for the earlier confusion, as we thought he might actually get in a car or on a train and travel down to the Island, but, no.)
Nevertheless, according to VB, the agenda for the London meeting is “discussions on the closure of the Vestas blade plant, as well as alternative renewable energy strategies for the Island and alternative employment opportunities”. This is quite an achievement for the Vestas workers and their campaign.
Of late, a small but vociferous group of people has been commenting negatively on the Vestas campaign, particularly seeking to stir up resentment against the ‘activists’, supposedly all ‘outsiders’, who continue to support the workers. Workers, it should be remembered, who are fighting for their own redundancy money, and always were fighting for jobs for Islanders, and for the environment.
Hopefully, the talks with Miliband are just one more indication of how much the Vestas workers and their supporters have achieved.
If anyone feels like taking on the negative comments, which do have a corrosive effect on people’s morale, there are a few stalwarts of the campaign who will thank you for joining their efforts over at VentnorBlog.