I see that James Rebanks [note 1] has been hounded [note 2], by the Friends of Rank Grasses [FRG] masquerading as conservationists, off a Govian panel reviewing the future of the national parks.
The Times said:
"Mr Rebanks said that while his relationship with the main conservationist groups was good, he was targeted by “extreme environmentalists” who argue that a farmer has no place on a national parks review. His appointment had prompted criticism from several bodies that the farming interest was over-represented. A Defra spokesman said that the views of farmers were “vitally important” to the review."
Indeed, but this is not a view shared by the FRG who see a future without sheep, shepherds, mutton and lamb. But they do love a good bracken ...
- For the sake of openness, pellucidity, transparency, etc, I should say that my late mother-in-law's late sister-in-law (ie, my wife's aunt) was a Rebanks. This matters in Cumbria.
- One of my better puns this year, but perhaps better appreciated in Cumbria than in Wiltshire where, as you know, I am now safely quartered.