Our strange silence over Vesta…

Are we serious about a Green Road out of Recession?

Are we serious about a 'Green Road out of Recession'?

Not so long ago the Green Road out of Recession promised that our policy would be geared towards promoting a route out of Britain’s current economic malaise that was focused around promoting investment in industries and causes that were ecologically and economically sustainable.  Fast-forward a little and through yet more policy initiatives to well right about now and the closure of Britain’s only wind turbine factory and we seem ever so bashful on this topic.

Am I missing something? Surely, from the point of view of a ‘Green Road out of Recession’ the closure of the Vesta factory is a very bad thing indeed? Maybe I am horribly wrong but surely the correct idea is to forget the economics and say ‘hey, here is a factory that is producing parts pivotal in the production of an alternative source of energy so maybe it is exactly the sort of ecologically sound enterprise a committed green government should be saving’?

Obviously I am horribly wrong because as far as I can see our leadership has had precious little to say about this issue. This doesn’t exactly look good and does bring to mind the horrible ‘o’ word; ie, opportunism. I don’t exactly expect Clegg and co to man the barricades but saying something, anything might give a good indication we actually believe in the policies we put forward and are prepared to be logically consistent in defending them.

Often on the blogsphere we debate narrative and occasionally it has been heard that people will say we actually need one. I am firmly coming to the conclusion that far from ‘needing one’ we have several too many all going on at once and it is genuinely impossible for the voter to discern a clear one from the muddle (hence, presumably, the impression that where we fight Labour we tack to the left and where we fight the Conservatives to the right). This is something that has to change; especially if we are serious about taking Labour’s mantle as the ‘party of progress’; Labour’s core vote simply won’t respond if we are muddled in where we stand and what we stand for.


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2 responses to “Our strange silence over Vesta…”

  1. wit and wisdom says :

    I don’t think we are muddled in not speaking up for the Vestas factory and its employees at all. This is a private company taking a private business decision and politicians who get involved in private business matters tend to get stung.

    Should the LDs protest about every factory closure? Should the LDs stand shoulder to shoulder with everyone who has lost their job?

    That just can’t work and while LDs might regret this closure, the only alternative would seem to be either nationalisation or state subsidies to keep the factory open. I can’t see any sensible LD MP arguing for that and I’m glad Nickers hasn’t.

    The Green Road plan is an excellent one which calls for investment in new technology. Vestas wind turbines might reasonably be considered to be existing technology and therefore not necessarily (crucial word, that) meriting investment.


  2. darrellgoodliffe says :


    I think this is a bit of a muddled reply to be honest because this clearly *is* an exceptional case and I have outlined why in my comments above.

    Things like this should be decided on a case-by-case basis but clearly when there are large job losses we do need to be ‘shoulder to shoulder’ in the sense that we need to be getting people back into work as soon as possible so in that sense I would answer ‘yes’. Obviously this is for social and economic reasons as much as solidarity.

    Your last point is nonsensical; wind turbines are a marginal market which provides us with clean sources of alternative energy and investment in them is squeezed out by the fact that most companies have no desire nor incentive to explore alternatives since they are discounted on economic viability grounds. The only way they will become mainstream and attract more support is if governments put their money where their mouth is and support factories like Vestas.

    What exactly are these phantom ‘new technologies’; what is the point of saying we will support future ‘aspirations’ for phantom ‘new’ technologies when we are not prepared to back really existing alternative energy sources?


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