A stirring call to arms in the fight for our democracy. I have never been a member of a political party as my antipathy to the political class goes back a long way. I therefore don’t have the option of withdrawing my support from any one party, but I will also strongly support a party that is committed to leaving the EU. I am also pessimistic about what will happen on the 29th but politicians of all our main parties need to understand that they will never be forgiven if they betray the result of the people’s vote in 2016.

Moraymint Chatter


My Member of Parliament is Mr Douglas Ross (pictured above), a Scottish Conservative & Unionist MP. He’s a good MP, a decent man who seems always to keep the balanced best interests of his Moray constituents in mind. Mr Ross is a football referee when he gets the chance; I wish he would spend more time, and earn more money being a referee – precisely because he gets criticised for so doing! Generally, as a rule, I tend to knock the British political class, but I endeavour always to recognise that all groups of people are made up of individuals, and some individuals represent exceptions to the rule; thus far Douglas Ross seems to me to be an exception to the rule. Long may that continue. Notwithstanding, this evening I wrote to my MP, Douglas Ross as set out below.

Dear Douglas

I’ve just returned from my weekly Scottish Country…

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Misconceptions About Battery Storage

It really is astonishing that politicians are simply unable to understand simple projections like this. And it isn’t just the land requirement of course, there is the obvious environment disaster waiting at the end of life when it comes to disposal as well as the huge risk of fires during operation.


By Paul Homewood

There is a very common misconception that battery storage can solve the problems of intermittency arising from renewable energy sources.

For instance, there was this little exchange on the Telegraph article today about wind farms along the HS2 route to power the trains:



What the public at large, represented by Mr Truth, don’t seem to understand is just how limited the amount of energy that can be stored really is.

As we know, Elon Musk sold his 100MW battery storage system to South Australia a couple of years ago. 100MW sounds impressive, but as his own specifications made clear the maximum output was only 129 MWh. And for this tiny amount of storage, the Australians paid an estimated A$150m, about £80m.

Hornsdale Battery Storage – South Australia

The only way to increase this capacity is keep building more and more batteries.

To put storage into perspective…

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Moraymint Chatter


The British government has all but failed to fulfil the decision of the British people that the United Kingdom should be taken out of the European Union (aka Brexit). Under the Article 50 process we now have just 50 working days (even fewer Parliament-days, I believe) until the date on which the UK must by law leave the EU, that is 29 March 2019. Our constitutional and political systems are in chaos and nobody has the first idea of the terms under which the UK will leave the EU – known as the Withdrawal Agreement; a sort of divorce settlement. The default position is that if there is no Withdrawal Agreement then, as far as trade between the UK and EU countries is concerned, we shift to World Trade Organisation rules. In all other respects, the UK would no longer be a member of the European Union.


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