Writing to promote his Energy Strategy, Ed Miliband conjures up the shade of JFK with this rousing and topical call:
"Forty years since the Eagle landed on the moon, the idea of a new Apollo project has become shorthand for how we should tackle climate change: politics forcing through the technological limits, a decade-long push, and a nation unified for a shared goal"
Hang on there, JFK's main aim was to put one over on the Russians ... oh, wait a bit, Ed's got some more motivation for us:
"Two-thirds of the world's gas is in Russia and the Middle East, but renewable energy is homegrown"
Do we still really need a Russian bogeyman to stir us into humungous levels of public expenditure on grandiose schemes ? Oh, and with the UKs only big wind-turbine manufacturer gone belly-up, just how homegrown are these plans ?