Fergus Ewing was in fine form for his keynote speech at the first conference of the Solar Trade Association Scotland, hosted by president John Forster earlier this week.
To a very warm reception, the Scottish Energy Minister also took time out from the prepared script to add in a couple of moments of light relief.
He reminded his audience that as well as his energy brief, he is also the Minister for enterprise and tourism – and that ‘heritage tourism’ from the great Scottish diaspora around the world, principally from the Commonwealth and the USA, plays a big part in bringing visitors to Scotland.
“But,” he said, “I can tell you there is no truth in the rumour that there will be a ‘President’ Trump Trail’ in the Western Isles should a well-known ex-pat descendant of a local woman be successful in the forthcoming US elections.”
And continuing on the theme, he also revealed that the developers of the Aberdeen offshore wind farm (to which Trump had so often – and so fruitlessly objected) had made slight modifications in the plan.
“As a result of which,” he said, “the number of blades on the turbines which will be built in full view of Trump’s nearby golf course are being reduced from three to two” (at which point the Minister held up two fingers to demonstrate the classic Churchill style V-salute).
Equally, there is no truth in the rumours that Vattenfall is now going to re-name the development as the Totally Trumped Wind Farm Co.