I have blogged before about the fundamental importance of England’s countryside. In terms of our national identity, our history, our myths and legends, our music and our very sense of ourselves, the natural environment is of irreplaceable, unquantifiable importance to us as a people and nation.
And yet, our post-Labour, pre-Labour caretaker pseudo-Conservative Government sees fit to slap a price tag on our forests and put them up for sale.
A truly outrageous and unprecedented insult to the English people who put Mr Cameron where he is. Even Mrs. Thatcher, not a known respecter of English institutions, would have baulked at this idea.
I needn’t go into a detailed expression of my feelings on the matter: it is quite simply utterly outrageous, needless, senseless vandalism. Needless to say, my countrymen and women agree with me. A YouGov poll demonstrated that all Britons almost unanimously oppose the plans:
- 84% of Brits think that England’s forests should stay in public ownership for the benefit of future generations, and 58% are in strong agreement
- Just 2% disagree with keeping the forests publicly owned
- A substantial 75% actively oppose the Government’s measures to sell off some, or all, of England’s forests and woodlands
- Only 6% were in favour of the plans to sell
If there is any good to come out of this matter, however, it is that it is finally, after a long year of comprehensive evidence of how the English are being betrayed due to a lack of political representation, stirring a sense of an English identity. And an English nation to boot.
The Scots and Welsh had the good sense to ensure that control of forestry was a devolved issue, and are thus exempt. Therefore, in the interests of accuracy, broadcasters, journalists and the wider media are forced to, as Toque would implore them to, say England.
Every media outlet from staunchly pro-British The Sun to Reuters to the staunchly leftist Guardian (who to their credit have a whole dedicated sub-section of their website dedicated to the issues) have featured or run the story, with barely a mention of ‘Britain’. There is finally a sense that our own environment in some way helps to shape who we are as a nation and what we value above all else. There is finally a sense that the financialisation of absolutely everything, from University degrees to healthcare to our status as citizens, has a limit and must be rolled back if we are to save our souls.
The strongest statement of all came courtesy of Dame Fiona Reynolds, Director of the National Trust; a long and staunch defender of England. However, her statements are very revealing about the effect of this Government philistinism on the psyche of our country. Speaking to the Guardian, she said:
“This is a watershed moment in the history of the nation. These much-cherished places have been in public hands for centuries, enjoyed by everyone for generation after generation. The future of these important national assets will be decided in a matter of weeks.”
Herein lies an interesting (and perhaps deliberate) ambiguity: which ‘nation’? Reynolds must surely be aware of the fact that the use of the bland term ‘the nation’ opens a variety of possible interpretations. Is she inferring that the issue has provoked a peculiarly English reaction? Does she mean that these kinds of events, in which English people are unanimously supporting the physical emblems of Englishness, in opposition to a Government that no longer protects England’s interests, make Britain as an entity still more of a nonsense?
“For 116 years, the National Trust has helped to save the places the people of this country most value when their existence, or access to them, has been threatened. If the government is determined to pursue the course of action it has outlined and the public wish us to, we are ready to play our part in giving them a secure future. We are ready to step in.”
Which ‘country’? The Trust represents England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She can only mean England, and therefore, is defending England and her public against the tyranny of the UK Government. This is a substantial and marked departure from the rhetoric usually used by institutions of this nation, who, hypnotised by an antequated Britishness – as well as a desire to protect their own powers – fall in line with the British Government’s ideological and administrative confusion.
These events forecast one thing: the sleeping giant is beginning to rouse itself. England and its people are finally stirring. As events continue to unfold in which the UK Government acts against England, its people and its true interests, and while promoting the anti-logic and dangerous idealism of multiculturalism acts to actively compromise and destroy England’s culture, I can only forecast an increase in the calls for true English representation and sovereignty.
And a decisive break with those who wish to undermine our proud culture and heritage.