compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
IS the root of ALL EVIL
A tycoon who turned an ancient woodland into a wasteland has
been ordered to pay almost £1million. Philip Day, who is said to be
as wealthy as the Queen, allowed workmen to decimate the beauty
spot so a vehicle track could be built to his pheasant shoot.
A huge swathe was cut through picturesque Gelt Woods in Cumbria,
flattening trees, churning up soil and disturbing wildlife. Before the
illegal felling, the area was sheltered by birch and oak trees. Mosses
and liverworts grew on sandstone outcrops and birds such as pied
flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers thrived.
But by the time Mr Day’s workmen had finished, the landscape –
which provided stones for Hadrian’s Wall – was a scarred scene of
destruction. Hadrian's Wall, which stretches across northern
England, was built in 122 AD on the orders of the Roman emperor
Hadrian to mark his empire's northern frontier.
the 73 mile-long wall from
the Solway Firth to Wallsend
on the Tyne. It is believed to
have provided a barrier
between Roman Britain and
Scotland and is thought to
have been where the army
could determine who was
allowed access to the empire.
It remained in use until the early fifth century when, with the empire
collapsing & the city of Rome itself under threat, the Roman
legions left British shores. It is the largest monument from the
ancient era in northern Europe and is a Unesco World Heritage
Mr. Day had previously angered townsfolk when he told a parish
council meeting that, while 6,500 young pheasants had been
released into the wood ready for shooting, 12,000 would be more
appropriate for an area of that size. He also said -
"We don’t have to come up with replanting schemes if we
don’t want to. We own the woods, we can please ourselves"
As a previous long time "custodian" of ancient woodland in
Wales, I find Mr. Day's attitude extremely obnoxious, nay even
toxic and yet another example of all that is wrong with our
Equally the fact that "use of zero-hour contracts has thrived despite
calls for them to be banned, with the Office for National Statistics
saying that 250,000 British workers were employed in this way at
the end of last year by a range of firms, including Sports Direct,
Amazon and even Buckingham Palace" - is quite frankly completely
unacceptable in a society which purports to be all-inclusive.
BUT in the context of the revelations from Rosalind Wright 10 years
ago when - THE former director of the Serious Fraud Office accused
business bosses of concealing the extent of fraud within and
against their companies and that five months after leaving her post,
Wright said many financial institutions were too frightened to report
fraud and that many firms feared damage to their reputations -
the fact that bosses at the Serious Fraud Office, itself, used secret
emails to cover up £1m of pay-offs - must take the biscuit !!!???
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Public sector workers used to earn less than their private sector counterparties because their pensions were better. Now they receive better salaries, better pensions, better working conditions and it seems better payouts and all the while I am being asked to pay more and more tax to pay for it. Enough is enough now.
Steve E , London, United Kingdom, 02/8/2013 12:50