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Fallacy-history repeats itself

“There is no other way”

IN THE course of completing a recent MSc module on Environmental Decision Making, part of a wider development postgraduate study, I looked back at the proposal by Redlands Aggregates Ltd, taken over by French multinational Lafarge, for a giant super quarry at Lingerbay Harris. In reviewing that I was struck by the similarity of some of the same institutional power elites using the same type of language that there is no other way, both as a lazy defence of their positions and to seek to marginalise dissenting voices, repeated in the contested contemporary clash over the wind farm developments on Lewis today.

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