Lawrence Solomon: Lady Godiva Rides Again

(Oct. 25, 2010) More citizens plan to speak out against wind power.

No sooner did I write a column about the world-wide protest movements against wind projects than a press release landed, describing yet another protest to occur this Tuesday in Fergus, Ontario. The naked ambition of this one will be on stark display, in the form of a re-enactment of Lady Godiva’s legendary ride through Coventry, England, centuries ago. The original Godiva (seen here in John Collier’s famous painting) protested the oppressive taxation levied on her subjects by her husband, the Lord.

Legend has it that the nude ride by the virtuous Lady succeeded – her husband was shamed into lessening the burden on his subjects.

In hopes of repeating the original success, Tuesday’s Godiva promises to wear nothing but her long blond locks, to protest plans by German multinational wpd to erect wind turbines in the area, the first of three proposed farms. Lady Godiva will lead a procession that will meet with wpd Canada Corporation officials.

A sneak peak at Tuesday’s steed can be found here. To see the steed mounted, you are welcome to join the other 1,000 expected at the protest, beginning at 6:00 pm in the parking lot in front of Centre Wellington Sportsplex, 550 Belsyde Ave E, Fergus. Map:

Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, October 25, 2010

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