There’s still hope to avert the monstrous sell-off of our forests. I’m putting together some stuff on what you can do and how to follow what is happening. It’s going to involve a bit of form-filling and letter writing. I think there’s enough dissent within government ranks to make them pull back from this catastrophic misjudgment. Have a look at the conservative blog for a taste of some of the opposition.
The “Big Society” idea is running into the sand with Liverpool pulling out. Like many political initiatives (remember “Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime”?), this one appears to be long on rhetoric and short on joined up thinking and resourcing.
One thing that does occur to me though, is why not separate the ownership of our forests into regional trusts, publicly owned but with some kind of democratic accountability. We don’t want yet more quangos, but some structure where local interests are represented might play well into the “Big Society” theme and give the government an honourable exit strategy. Presenting them with solutions rather than just throwing eggs might get results.
I need a bit of time to think this through. Unfortunately this pantomime is giving me migraines!