"It is a good 20 years since I last drove all the way to Scotland, and in the interim something unbelievable has been done - in our name - to our green, pleasant and precious countryside.
"I mean the windmills, the turbines - whatever they are called. I mean the things that look like some hideous Venusian invasion, marching over the moors and destroying the dales; the colossal seaside toys plonked erratically across our ancient landscape; the endless parade of waving white-armed old lunatics, gesticulating feebly at each other across the fields and the glens.
"They seemed to be everywhere, and I asked myself, when were we consulted? Was there a referendum? Did someone ever warn the British people that these moaning seagull slicers were going to be erected on some of the most sensational scenery that God ever called into being?
More top news
Six fire engines and 35 firefighters are fighting a fire in a storage unit near Heathrow Airport.
A woman was taken to hospital by air ambulance after falling from one of Trafalgar Square's famous lion sculptures.
Police are appealing for help in tracing a family of six who are feared to be travelling to Syria.