In the heady days when Ed Miliband was energy secretary, he vowed he would make it socially unacceptable to oppose windfarms.
Now, ministers have declared war on charities that seek to thwart their puny wills on planning matters.
Did you ever hear anything that smacked more of a losing argument ? There are many charities whose entire raison d'être is to put a rocket up the governmental backside. I look at my TV screen** and there seem to be battles aplenty to be fought of a more pressing and fundamental nature.
Withhold government money from the recalcitrants, by all means: but have a little care when taking on the National Trust and the CPRE.
** update: make that - look out of my windows
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