‘It’s not logical but it’s life as we used to know it’

March 11, 2020

ALTERNATE REALITY: Captain Spock, First Officer of the USS Enterpise, gives his scientific observations on the 21st Century environmental movement’s credentials for saving the world from global catashtrophe: “”It’s not logical but it’s life Jim, but not as we used to know it.” Picture courtesy of NBC Television.

NOT WANTED: “There is rampant urbanisation, hundreds of thousands of homes are built everywhere, there’s a busy airport and a high-speed rail link under construction. The environmentalist’s attention is then drawn to a distant hillside where the sheep are grazing. They make an announcement: ‘I’ve seen the solution – the sheep have to go.” Quotes from livestock farmer Antony Holyoak to local paper in the West Midlands.

RURAL JOBS: There is a moral imperative for us here to produce food in this country, so we of course need our farmers and we are the bedrock of the biggest manufacturing sector providing all those raw ingredients and we are currently at 60 per cent self-sufficiency. – NFU president and Wiltshire farmer Minette Batters speaking to Sky News.

RIGHT now were are living out narratives that could have far-reaching consequences for the environment that we all take for granted that have to based upon reality, not fantasy


The Mail on Sunday claims a senior and influential advisor at the Treasury, Tim Leunig, was caught saying in an internal e-mail that the food sector – agriculture and fisheries – were “negligible” to the UK economy – try telling that to rural and coastal communities in the New Forest, Dorset and Somerset and across the rest of the UK.

‘Why was advisor taken seriously?’

Whilst making this ludicrious statement, Leunig, went on to say that Britain could import all its food, like Singapore, a predominantly urbanized country with 278,6 square miles with a population five million with hardly any farmland.

This individual is said to be a close associate of Dominic Cummings, the chief advisor to Chancellor Rushi Sunak. The question must be, why is he an advisor? Did Brexit prevail in order for individuals like this to advise the Government?

The United Kingdom itself has a population of 67.7 million people, has a land mass of 93,410 square miles and has an agricultural food exports and seafood trade deficit of £21.3B. Much of those square miles has cereals, fruit and veg grown on it alongside the rearing of livestock in conjunction with wildlife conservation programmes.

NFU president Minette Batters gave her reaction to Leunig’s observations to Sophie Ridge of Sky News, who disturbingly seemed to take his comments seriously despite the disparities between the two countries being clearly explained.

She said: “Singapore has five million people and doesn’t have any farmed landscape, so it has to import all its food but of course here, 75 per cent of Britain is farmed landscape.

‘We have the land and climate to produce our food’

“We have a fantastic, maritime climate in which to produce our food and of course we have 60 milliom plus people to feed.

“There is a moral imperative for us here to produce food in this country, so we of course need our farmers and we are the bedrock of the biggest manufacturing sector providing all those raw ingredients and we are currently at 60 per cent self-sufficiency.

“Surely the last thing we should want to do is import ingredients produced to lower standards and with that, we would export our conscience and our production and with Climate Change and everything else, I’ve set the pitch that we want to be global leaders in climate-friendly farming and there is a real opportunity for this Government to lead in terms of standards and integrity. Comparisons with Singapore are just completely out of touch with where this country really is.”

‘Lawns dug up by ER to protect environment’

Yet on our doorstep in major cities, in February we had Extinction Rebellion saying the World is in imminent danger of being destroyed through Climate Change protests dug up the front lawn of Trinity College Cambridge to highlight the links between colleges and the fossil fuel industry. So how does that help, by damaging an iconic green space frequented by tourists?

Then at the beginning of March, similar activists from Climate 4 Change then escorted teenage environmentalist Greta Thunberg through the streets of Bristol and having turned out on a very wet day, they all gathered on College Green, a valued green space by locals, and it was churned up and however unintended, it came across as causing damage to the environment in the name of protecting it.

Claire and Andrew Head of Cedar Organic, who I follow on social media and are based in Swanage, shared this letter from Antony Holyoak in Warwickshire to Country Life Magazine to Instagram which shines a light into the confusion of the part of the environmental lobby and developers who are totally disconnected with those who actually run the countryside.

In it he wrote: “As a livestock farmer, I am worried that I may be getting a paranoid, persecution complex.

“There is rampant urbanisation, hundreds of thousands of homes are built everywhere, there’s a busy airport and a high-speed rail link under construction.

Sheep are the problem, not developers

“Container ships are docked at a port full of goods manufactured in China, with power derived from coal, some of which was hauled from Australia.
“Fleets of lorries carry those containers on ever more congested roads to huge distribution depots, swarms of vans are making deliveries.

“The environmentalist’s attention is then drawn to a distant hillside where the sheep are grazing. They make an announcement: ‘I’ve seen the solution – the sheep have to go.”

The impression given by the writer is that so many in our society think this is a social construct and was crafted in days, not over generations and they get fixated on peripheral issues when the biggest causes of environmental damage are staring right back at them.

The letter also shows that large sections of the “environmental movement” are disconnected from those who live and work on it and want to bring forward radical change and confrontation rather than dialogue. If something already works and thrives, don’t try and fix it with solutions that will make it ten times worse.

As First Officer Spock once said to Captain James T Kirk of the USS Entreprise on Log Star Date 9 March 2020: “It’s not logical but it’s life Jim, but not as we used to know it.”

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Milton Devonair March 12, 2020 at 5:33 pm

So the plan was to make the UK dependent upon other nations to eat?
and what is this Climate Change people speak of?

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