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UK government confirms forest sell-off plans

They just don’t care, do they?  Frankly, my dears, the LibDemCon Coalition just don’t give a damn.

The Guardian reports : Plans to sell off as much as 150,000 hectares of forest and woodland in England in the biggest sale of public land for nearly 60 years were today confirmed by the government in a letter sent to all MPs.

“[Our] intention is to fundamentally reform the public forestry estate, with diminishing public ownership and a greater role for private and civil society partners,” said a statement on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website.”

Before long, they will have sold off the air we breathe.   A charge will be imposed on any small society members  brave enough to open their own front door and walk outside the confines of their own four walls.  Big Brother will be watching, rubbing his Big Society hands with glee, as he and his Big Society buddies tot up their latest financial gains.  Is this progress?  Forward to the past?

Feudalism – The obligations and relations between lord, vassal and fief form the basis of feudalism.

Peasants & Serfs – The daily life of a serf was hard.  The Medieval serfs did not receive their land as a free gift; for the use of it they owed certain duties to their master.

The Peasants Revolt of 1381
In 1381, and under the leadership of heroes such as Wat Tyler and Jack Straw, the peasants marched to London in order to present a petition to the king. 60,000 strong, the petitioned called for the abolition of serfdom, tithes and the game laws as well as the right to freely use the forests. The peasants also demanded that the poll tax be abolished. John Ball, a priest who spoke regularly to the people gathered in the marketplace, expressed the sentiments of the revolt. The rallying cry of the peasants was a rhyme which spread dissension across the South of England:

“When Adam Delved and Eve Span
Who was then the Gentleman

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How fair is Britain?

I’m half-way through reading “The Greatest Show on Earth” by Richard Dawkins.

I’m hooked!

Alongside, I’ve also been dipping into the first “Triennial Review “published today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  No, I haven’t read the full 750 pages yet, but I’ve read the transcript of the video overview, and a good few more pages too. 


I’m twice hooked!!

OK, I admit it was the word ‘triennial’ that grabbed me … for purely personal reasons.  I am approaching a first “Triennial Review” that is all my own.  Namely the Triennial Review that I promised myself I would conduct at the end of my 3rd year (yes, third year) into the circumstances of neglect that surrounded my own relative in need of caring care.  But neglect was all that came her way.  And she died a painful death, and an earlier than anticipated death, as a result of that neglect.

“It’s the job of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to help society make further progress.”  Would that be the Big Society that David Cameron keeps banging on about?  Or the other (only?)  Society that we all know of old?  And yes, I am quietly hoping it’s the second of those two options that the Equality and Human Rights Commission strives to help.

Can you help me also, EHRC?  Can you help me to achieve progress, as I work my way through the muck that is being delivered (almost daily now!!) from those who are supposed to care about ‘fairness’ and to care about ‘care’?  If you are able to do that, please get in touch and I will graciously accept your assistance.

Or are there two societies now?  One Big; one Small.  One where ‘fairness’ is defined by the Big Society backed by the ConDemNation, to the detriment of the Small Society comprising the little people?

“This October we are publishing our first ever such review, entitled ‘How Fair Is Britain’.

It describes the chances, choices and outcomes in life of people from all different groups.”  I’m still looking for a few words in the transcript: older, people, dementia, in care, but then I found some of them in the online summary.

Care and support:  (follow the link below if you care to read it all ….)


“As might be expected, we are more likely to need care as we grow older. We are also more likely to provide it later in life, as we have children and as our families and friends age with us.”

Don’t get me wrong, EHRC.  I applaud our past history of fairness, our well-known and well-recognised tradition of fairness and respect for other points of view, culture,  gender, race, sexuality,  religion and so on … that meaningful equality (as you call it) that we have achieved.  Historic prowess shouldn’t allow for complacency.

History is neither our present, nor our future. We must find the way to demonstrate today that we value and care enough about our history of fairness, our reliable traditions connected to our history of fairness, and our past celebrations of our ‘fairness’ to carry us forward to our today and to our tomorrow?

It is not enough though to express good intentions, what matters is making a practical tangible difference.  And you can’t hope to make change happen in the real world without looking hard at the facts.

I do appreciate that you’re also in a fragile state, EHRC, being – for want of a better phrase – currently under review.  But then again, I do wonder whether this fairness that we purport to attribute to this (as we would like to see it) fair nation of ours really does care, or even  whether the word ‘care’ may disappear from our vocabulary fairly soon, to be replaced by … neglect.

The spending review currently being imposed by our Married-by-Convenience Coalition Government may well demolish all of our hopes for ‘fairness’, especially fairness in old age.  If we allow everything that has become known as caring care to be scrapped without decent consultation and without decent consent, then the Older Person will be thrown out with the mucky bathwater.

Do we really care?  If so, why don’t I believe you?  Why is our ‘caring care’ not visible?  Why have I spent 3 years of my life trying to establish whether or not we/you/they really do care?

Have we evolved enough to care?  Or are we in need of another “Blind Watchmaker”?

Will I be thrice hooked?  Ever?  Never?

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Coalition plans for the NHS

A few comments on the Lib-Dem-Con plans for the NHS~:

from Liberal Conspiracy concerned about the dismantling of the NHS – me too!

from askcliff concerned about Andrew Lansley’s possible hidden agenda – no, Cliff Hagen, I don’t think you are scaremongering;

and, yes, How very odd, Mr Lansley – from Tax Research UK.

David Cameron is apparently terrified, as a parent, by the lack of good state schools, especially in Westminster –  well, David, why not try the Pimlico Academy – courtesy of John and Caroline Nash, of course, c/o Care UK again.  Wait a minute?  Wasn’t Westminster the scene of Shirley Porter’s creations of a suit of clothes to suit the Tories?  Yes, course it was!!!  That turned out to resemble the Emperor’s New Clothes …. unfit for viewing by the uninvited, but eventually all was revealed.  What a thought!!!

Nick Clegg, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m disappointed.

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Nick Clegg, that’s not what I voted for ….

Dear Nick Clegg

I don’t remember voting to give any party the power to change the way we all choose to define ‘democracy’.  Nor do I remember giving my vote to anyone who said that s/he would be about to change the since-1832 basics of our country.  I may have done so if your ambitions had been declared beforehand, before the General Election … but they were not defined in the way that you are now defining them. And so many of your priorities then … such as care, elderly care, dementia care, and so on … have not been mentioned since your personal elevation!  Or was your caring care for the elderly, caring about dementia all just another football on the pitch of power?

This all certainly didn’t feature in any of your cosy pre-election debates, and I can’t remember it all featuring in your pre-coalition-agreement-proposals.   Pig in a poke?  That’s the way it seems to me.

So I’m not convinced yet that you did not have a pre-arranged ‘agenda’, a hidden-from-the-electorate agenda, when you entered into this marriage of convenience.

Yours sincerely

One Very Disappointed Voter

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