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17 May, 2007

What's the problem? No, really: what IS the problem?

Apparently, there's a proposal to erect a mobile phone mast in Golgotha, on the eastern edge of Lancaster.  I've been trying to discover a little more about it, both in terms of factual information and pro/anti arguments.  I've been struggling.

There's any number of web pages stating that a certain councillor is objecting, and informing local residents how to support him, but I've yet to find a single explanation of precisely why there are objections. The best I've uncovered is:

It's the last thing you want to see - a mobile phone mast going up next to your house
Well, yes, who would actively welcome a ~13 m mast? Yet people love their mobile phones, so presumably there's an acceptance that masts have to go somewhere. So why not there?

Don't misunderstand; for all I know, there may well be an extremely good reason to object; my point is that the objectors don't seem to be even trying to rationalise it, never mind raise specific issues based on proven facts. It's as if it's self-evidently A Bad Thing, to be opposed without further discussion.

"Why don't you want it?"
"I just don't want it."

Not. Good. Enough.


I don't know if you have the term over there, but we call this kind of argument "NIMBY-ism". NIMBY stands for "Not In My Back Yard."

Posted by Jon. at May 18, 2007 01:01 AM

Aye; here too. I suppose I'm just surprised to see what appears to be such a blatent example. NIMBYism is usually at least masked by more rational arguments, even if they ultimately lack substance.

Posted by NRT at May 18, 2007 11:56 AM
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