Friday, 20 May 2011
Woodlands and the three card trick.
I have recently been camping in the New Forest and, if you close your eyes to the second homes and rip off local shops, it's a beautiful place to spend a few days. The Forestry Commission manage over half of the New Forest National Park and, as with the other woodland under their control, seem to do a great job. But for how much longer I wonder? When Cameron proposed the privatisation of our national woodland he fell foul of just about everyone from Chris Knight to the Countryside Alliance and in the face of an outraged protest movement quickly shelved the whole project and did his best to assure us that he was never in favour of such a daft idea in the first place. Watch carefully though. Like some street grifter who's patter diverts us from the slight of hand as he invites us to find the lady, so Cameron will use our NHS "reform" induced state of shock to slip through woodland privatisation. Woodlands, health, Olympics, Royal Weddings, welfare, workfare. There are so many cards to try and keep an eye on. Make no mistake about it - nowhere produces a polished conman quite as well as Eton