In reply to the letter from Noel Hodgson re wind turbines (Gazette, August 21), the short answer is that Hampshire has many very effective Nimbys.
We do need more turbines; even then, the lights will very likely go out and Noel Hodgson will realise what it’s all about.
We lived through the Winter of Discontent in 1978-79
The lights certainly went out then. Some were planned power cuts and others were simply power failures. Some unfortunate people spent Christmas in the dark. We were running a small general store in a mining village at the time and life was very hard.
It’s no use saying it won’t affect you, as you have gas central heating; boilers need electricity to work and to power the pump.
If you want to practise, try cooking a meal for a family of four on a small paraffin picnic stove. And, horror of horrors, you won’t be able to charge your smartphone!