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Peter A Bell
A £10 MILLION international contest to build Scotland’s first commercial wave or tidal energy system is dead in the water after industry insiders admitted none of the competitors is capable of winning it.
Meanwhile, the world’s first grid-connected wave power station has been switched on in Australia proving that the technology is viable.
Some will rail against the SNP regardless, prompted by bitter hatred of a party which threatens the cosy status quo of a corrupt and dysfunctional British political system. Less mindlessly prejudiced individuals will acknowledge that the Saltire Prize is a good idea, even if the rules have turned out to be somewhat optimistic in terms of the time-scale. Thinking people will allow that optimism isn’t a bad thing. They will also recognise that a prize intended to act as an incentive to hasten development had to set a challenging objective.
But there is no place for such simple good sense in the barrage of anti-Scottish Government propaganda being spewed out daily by those whose overarching purpose is the preservation of the old order and the old ways.
The screeching of British nationalist fanatics grows more shrill by the day as polling evidence suggests that, with memories of the shameful Project Fear fresh in their minds, the people of Scotland are now impervious to the lies, the scaremongering, the smears and the hate-speak. It will only get worse as the election approaches. By your ear-plugs now.See on heraldscotland.com