Ada Campbell's sour letter (12th March) accuses our MSP Alasdair Allan of "a decade
of fence-sitting" over the inter-connector. She must surely know that he has always
been in favour of the inter-connector and to suggest otherwise is grossly dishonest.
Ms Campbell wants to know how the inter-connector can be built if England doesn't
pay for it.
Simple. The inter-connector will carry electricity generated by windfarms built on
Lewis. The electricity will be sold to consumers throughout Scotland, England and
Europe, and the inter-connector will be financed by electricity companies from revenue
generated by Lewis windfarms plus subsidies raised by taxpayers throughout Britain.
In pretty much the same way that Scottish taxpayers will have to pay £7.6 billion
for the HS2 railway to be built from London to Manchester at a cost of £80 billion
(133 times more than the inter-connector).
Letter: Lewis windfarms will pay towards interconnector
13 March 2017
The crucial difference being, of course, that England will benefit enormously from
our inter-connector with cheap electricity while Scotland won't receive a single
penny of benefit from HS2. Once again, Scotland is being ripped off by the Labour
Party's Conservative comrades in London.
There is nothing wrong with independent countries investing in each others infrastructure
projects. China has invested billions of pounds in Britain, but nobody is suggesting
that Britain should be part of China.
Ada Campbell has made the perfect case for Scottish independence.