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I wonder if any sheep have been treated for heat stress in Northern Ireland yet

In one case a farmer is in line to receive £1m over the next 20 years after installing a new heating system for an empty shed,

This debacle might explain the reticence / sluggishness of the processing of my request for programmatic access to the Ofgem data warehouse which lists ALL renewables subsidies being claimed - and I mean ALL... At the moment it only allows public access via an obfuscated / tortured multiple selection basic manual query which does not expose the database schema...

I'm going to persist though as there is *gold* in there I reckon.

Dec 10, 2016 at 12:01 AM | Registered Commentertomo


I see the BBC is hitting its stride as far as national news and keeping people's spirits up is concerned

The charity is reminding people to remove such hazards "from areas that farm animals have access to."

That would be the "charity" that was fined this week for hiring private investigators to determine donors wealth so they could pressurise them to amend their will in RSPCA's favour.

Dec 9, 2016 at 11:28 PM | Registered CommenterPcar


added a little Pcar credit / attribution line to the video on the latest post at the Avoncliff Mills blog

Thanks, appreciated.

your description of browser behavior re: Youtube is a bit weird. The iframe embed video hasn't done anything odd for me - but Blogger doesn't encourage that much in the way of non-Google widgets for the non-coding / casual user and it might be that some combinations of browser and page simply assume that users would only post YouTube videos.

If javascript temporarily enable all on blog, it shows correctly. HTH

Dec 9, 2016 at 11:18 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

More than 20 times more people are killed by air quality in the UK than by traffic accidents.

HoC committee says so .... so it must be true.

Dec 9, 2016 at 10:33 PM | Registered Commentertomo

@Mark Hodgson

thanks - fortunately most of those fees have been covered ... :-) ..... can't elaborate unfortunately. Litigation is sometimes necessary if wrongdoers refuse to take responsibility. I have spent much time talking through case strategy and tactics with QCs and clerks....

What still irks is that there was clear criminal conduct by officials and that has been covered up and criminal investigation resisted by both the organisation in question and the local police - who were told "nothing to see here - all above board . move along.... "

As to Shiner &Co. - they should have been resisted far earlier in a more robust fashion. As I understand it there are political connections and his antics were also indulged at least in part due to his apparently stellar banking of fees. I don't recall which law publication it was - but I saw an effusive write up of PIL in one of the law trade rags - some considerable time after it was abundantly clear that Phil and his folk were coaching (understatement...) claimants, directly intimidating timid public salaried lawyers inside the government and playing political games.

@stewgreen - thanks for the UTV link - 6 months ago eh...? Life's too short to scope out and timeline the BBC coverage - but - it looks subjectively that state broadcaster isn't too keen to expose public servants misbehaving and if it must then it's to be kept in the provinces for as long as possible.

I see the BBC is hitting its stride as far as national news and keeping people's spirits up is concerned

Dec 9, 2016 at 9:23 PM | Registered Commentertomo


Very sorry to hear about your legal fees. I always disliked conducting litigation, because it's so difficult to control the process, and costs can get out of control very easily. What the Government has done to Court fees doesn't help either.

Dec 9, 2016 at 8:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Lack of controls in heat scheme to cost NI public millions UTV - ITV News
Note the date
5 Jul 2016 - A damning Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) report on the running of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme ...

Dec 9, 2016 at 5:12 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

tomo - "Some good news about lawyers for a change".

Hey, we're not all bad, you know.

Dec 9, 2016 at 3:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

stewgreen 2:30 PM

certification eh?

Well... The Environment Agency is in charge of a number of facets of the UK's nuclear industry - I asked them about what they do to check that hydro power equipment is safe and fit for purpose - and the answer I got didn't reassure me personally in any way shape or form.

The proclivity of public servants to substitute arrogance + hubris for competence + knowledge never ceases to amaze me - add in some contrived and fraudulent crony consultant reports and you've a recipe for quite a mess.

As for Dale Vince "grass gas" - I'm surprised he hasn't found a way to get subsidy money electricity from urine - which would be entirely appropriate.

@Mark Hodgson - yes sorry - I do know that - having burnt through some £200K+++ over 6 years in fees (with another £40-50k to go....) - finding good 'uns is a bit of a challenge :-)

My profound loathing for Mr. Shiner and his PIL crew goes way back to his early days.

Dec 9, 2016 at 3:37 PM | Registered Commentertomo

@SandyS They burned their bridges by saying "don't vote for Brexit it will kill British universities"

Just like those UK politicians who petitioned to ban Trump from the UK and threw insults at him.

Now they all live with the consequences and show themselves not to be great planners.

Dec 9, 2016 at 3:22 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

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