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Political Correctness (in the UK)
Political Correctness in the land managership industry is rife and seems to
follow the following lines.
"Nibbled by generations" the fairy tale is a imaginary story that once upon
a time the downs were covering a giant pretty lawn where lambs gambolled
happily over the idyllic scenery providing wool for the grateful wretches
living in their pretty cottages working happily for the rich landowner.
The truth is the matter that the downs were always a patchwork landscape of
different land uses. Typically (one example), a farm would contain the
following proportions of downland:
Heath & Furze 21%
The proportion of livestock as follows:
Later the marsh would be drained and this fertile land would increase the
proportion of cattle on the lowland rich alluvial soils with sufficient
Now this is compounded by the ESA stewardship grant scheme that gives grants
Anybody who thinks that this plan is asinine is NOT politically correct.
History and common sense shows that pasture requires grasses, which
encourages the Meadow Brown Butterfly at the expense of all the other ones.
Luckily, some of the scrubby type heath and furze designated land was
unsuitable for agriculture and was given to the public as amenity land and
nature reserves. This was left wild and provides the reservoir for a variety
of other species especially the Chalkhill Blue Butterfly where Horseshoe
Vetch survives. The other stronghold were the meadows but seeding and
improvements would eliminated unwanted weeds like Horseshoe Vetch. This
latter plant contains a toxin which is poisonous to livestock so it is best
eliminated for feed.
As it is well known to farmers, their preferred method of getting rid of
this weed (sheep sick land) is turning cattle out on to the land which
destroys it (trashing the land) and the ruminant system of cattle can deal
with it if they eat some of it but it is mainly destroyed by trampling and
muddying and increasing nutrition of the soil as Horseshoe Vetch only occurs
on low fertility lands (it is a legume that converts atmospheric nitrogen
and this gives it an advantage against other plants without manure).
So the ESA Stewardship scheme is a device that favours farmers at the
expense of butterflies.
Political Correctness 2: native trees are good, aliens are bad. This means
a maniac with a chainsaw can go around chopping down the shelter.
UK Environment and Planning Smart Group
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- That may be correct, Andy, but what has it to do with 'political
When the term was coined some decades ago it referred to people in
public life, education in particular, undervaluing and abusing people
because of their age, gender, race &c..
I haven't heard it used in the original sense for many a year.
Instead it seems to be used by the right-wing press and bar-room
bores to describe anything they disagree with.
A few weeks ago I read a copy of the Daily Mail (I do this sort of
thing from time to time to keep informed and perhaps as some sort of
penance) and, separately there were five uses of 'political
correctness'. Only one of these (favouring females as candidates for
tory MP) could these have been described as relating to 'political'
correctness' in its original sense. The others related to health and
safety, religion in schools, abusive football players and car speed
limits! I've seen it used as an insult against measures to reduce
pollution and for wildlife preservation &c.
I find it a meaningless and irritable term that should be consigned
to the bin of history ..... Paul M
> Political Correctness in the land managership industry is rife and
> follow the following lines.
I do not know if I want to bore other readers, but as there are not many
insects right now.
It came about because I proposed a "grazing plan" on some rough grassland
near a road and the idea is that two things could be achieved; the
relatively useless (my assessment) grassland could be brought into pastoral
use and any grants could be used to prevent the deer jumping onto the main
road. Apparently this was deemed politically correct because it was
However, when people (not me in this instance) complained about grazing on
Lancing Ring "restored" meadows this was deemed politically incorrect.
It relates to insects because meadows are really a stronghold for insects.
It is political because the stewardship grants are available for pastures.
The question is are grants available for forage harvesting meadows?
I just thought this would be the best use made of the grants if they are
available. Plenty of pastures around. Not so many meadows. The trouble is
restored meadows contain Ragwort so the harvested crop has not got any use.
There is a maintenance cost.
Nature Notes for Lancing Ring
Protect the meadows for the insects, but we will not get the dung living
ones. They will have to fly in from the neighbouring pastures.
Adur Valley (West Sussex) Nature Notes
Adur Valley Nature Notes: February 2006
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- I must have slipped into a nightmare, or some other parallel existence.
Andy, you have been moderated on two other forums because of your
persistence in ignoring advice to avoid libellous comment, boring and
irrelevant monologues and endless repetition.
Just look at this posting;
"I do not know if I want to bore other readers....."
"Protect the meadows for the insects, but we will not get the dung
ones. They will have to fly in from the neighbouring pastures."
PLEASE can the postings to this group be kept relevant and stick to the
rules. It's not difficult.