We drilled the barley and just as the plants started to grow, along came the pesky things. They have clearly been waiting just below the surface ready to munch their way through the juicy stems of the tender plants. They just love this warm damp weather.
A few ‘slug traps’ soon give their presence away. The treatment adds to our costs but unless we act quickly, they can destroy a field overnight, which would require resowing at considerable cost.
The government is promising lower taxes, and the energy price freeze. Cancelling the NI rise, and next April’s rise in corporation tax, essential for business and to encourage foreign investment.
More housing, easier fracking, cheaper childcare, changes to stamp duty and self-employment rules, and lighter regulations, including scrapping much of the red tape controlling farmers day in and day out.
They also plan to increase the number of seasonal agricultural workers. We already knew the British don’t ‘do’ skilled farm seasonal work. So, we must once again rely on smart, motivated, and very capable Europeans as we have done for decades.
The plan to drop the top rate of income tax would have encouraged top earners to declare their income in Britain, which, along with bankers’ bonuses, would have paid for itself and boosted the economy, helping to make London increasingly attractive to foreign investors. Why would anyone prefer Labour knowing they always wreck the economy?
Those yet to be convinced that the UK transport system can depend solely on battery-operated vehicles powered by electricity should look away now. A huge lithium factory is to be built in Teesside, thus reducing our dependence on China. That is of course good, but I am still to be convinced that the country will not grind to a halt if we are solely dependent on electricity to keep the lights on and the wheels turning.
It will surely be decades, if at all, before the combustion engine becomes redundant and confined to the history books.
Why do people move into the countryside, and then complain about church bells, cows mooing, tractors working at dawn, and cockerels crowing?
Pig farms have been shut down when residents in brand new housing developments have complained about the smell. Why should the countryside be sanitized to accommodate people trying to urbanize the countryside? Surely, they should stay away if they don’t like the natives.
The RSPCA is threatening to ban greyhound racing. Why would an organisation that’s mission is to ‘ensure animals have a good life’, stop these dogs from doing what they love? Greyhounds are born to run and chase anything which moves, so why stop them? No doubt if they are successful with this latest move, their next target will be horse racing.