31 Oct '12, 1pm

@James_BG

Every time you think British energy policy can't get any more ridiculously disorientating, another curve ball appears. I know it is already a cliché to liken the real-life goings on in Whitehall with the fictitious events of The Thick of It , but John Hayes' catastrophic intervention on wind farm policy would make even Peter Mannion blush. It now looks increasingly clear that what happened was this: Hayes was due to give a speech to the annual RenewableUK conference in Scotland, but having seen the hostility of his planned comments, energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey ordered him to not be so stupid and pull the section in which he declared "enough is enough" for onshore wind farms. However, somehow the key comments found their way to the Mail and the Telegraph (it is unclear if Hayes had sent them before Davey's intervention or completely defied his boss and leak...

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