What am I to do? Are they dressed suitably for work? Should I send them home having rapidly done a ‘risk assessment’? I must decide whether I think they are appropriately dressed for tractor driving, arc welding or getting amongst the cattle. I rather suspect one look at Jerry and the cattle will be climbing the walls, terrified by the spectacle. And both of them are in danger of turning their ankles while tottering on their perilously high heels in the cattle yard, or getting them caught in the tractor peddles?
According to Grayson Perry, the Turner Prize-winning transvestite potter, who is apparently admired in ‘fashionable circles’, men should be encouraged to explore and demonstrate publically their ‘feminine side’. So if I were to challenge John and Jerry regarding their attire which I would surely be forgiven for considering to be totally unsuitable on the farm, would I be criticised for being a heartless, unsympathetic, sexist bully? Very likely.
This topic has arisen as Mr Perry is having a very public spat with macho action-man Bear Grylls. This is a head to head between a man who demonstrates his masculinity, leadership skills, heroism and practicality both in his personal and public life, and the cross-dressing, vacuous, humiliatingly cringe worthy, sexually prejudiced, excuse for a man.
I certainly know which of these two I would wish to have on my team, particularly in a crises. Actually, I think at any time, as I would have little in common with Mr Perry or his ‘fashionable circle’ of friends.
I am beginning to wonder if they have been putting something in the water. It seems there are an increasing number of ‘men’, and I use that word loosely, who appear to flaunt their feminine side, wiggle their way down the high street, screech with high pitched fortissimo girly abandonment on our television screens, on such programmes as TOWIE and ‘Britain is Talentless’, as the rest of us squirm with embarrassment and concern for their wellbeing.
I feel sorry for today’s young women, it must be difficult to decide whether to expect men to protect and defend them while showing off their macho skills, or to invite them home to try out their new makeup and rummage through the frocks in their wardrobes together.
Both the NFU and RPA are top of the list of organisations which deserve a very public rebuke. As many farmers struggle to cope with low grain, meat and milk prices, the single payment to which they are entitled which should have reached their Bank accounts last December, has failed to arrive.
The administrators from the RPA show little concern for the predicament these farmers are facing, despite many cases where farm businesses are unable to honour their commitment to pay their suppliers. Despite the Government promising to make interim payments to ‘tide them over’, this has mostly not materialised.
What is the NFU doing about it? It seems absolutely nothing, or if they are, it is proving useless.
Many farmers are now cancelling their NFU membership, which is hardly surprising. Too often small, family run and tenanted farms are totally ignored by their Union, as was apparent during the referendum ‘debate’. The NFU has gone on record recommending REMAIN, which is totally to the disadvantage of most traditional, small and family farms, and small businesses run in rural areas.
The NFU has still not demanded that Secretary of state Liz Truss addresses Plan B, so the farming community knows where it stands on 24th June. I will certainly be thinking hard before renewing my membership in the autumn.