Farmer’s primary job is to produce food, such as dairy and meat products, fruit, vegetables, bread, beer and much else besides. The environmentalists and it would appear the government, Defra in particular, are encouraging farmers not to produce food but set aside land for carbon capture, wildflower meadows, reforestation, and other environmental ECO projects. We have always done our best to work with nature and the environment, which is why we have such a ‘green and pleasant land.’
As grain, milk and meat prices gradually drop to pre-Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, there is little incentive to slog away, fighting the elements only to produce some sub-standard, poor yielding crops due to the weather. Wake up Mother Nature, think about the farmers, this is not all about climate change.
In days gone by our utility providers used to send a nice little man in a van to the farm to read all the meters. We then received in the post, accurate invoices which we paid. Today, down to ‘progress’ we get emails, texts and telephone calls telling us to read the meters and submit to EDF (electricity), and Castle Water on behalf of Southern Water, so they can send invoices including a service charge. Well, they don’t provide a service and I won’t read the meters.
So, we regularly get very annoying ‘gentlemen’ who can’t speak English, calling to tell me that I must have a smart meter fitted. I don’t want a smart meter – which enable our electricity supply to be controlled by a computer somewhere. I do not consider any of this to be ‘progress’, it is retro and very unhelpful.
We are warned that smart meters are a threat as they can be used to remotely switch customers to more expensive tariffs without their consent. I think we should all think very carefully before being taken for a ride along this route.
At last, some common sense is creeping into the government which has been racing headlong towards a Net Zero anti everything catastrophe. The thought that petrol and diesel transport vehicles would have to be scrapped by 2030 was crazy. Heating and powering everything by electricity is unrealistic, and switching off everything which relies upon oil, the life blood which keeps the world moving, a complete nonsense.
Oil has been the lifeblood of industrialised nations since the mid-1950s, it underpin modern society. Yes, of course its use should be steadily reduced but to turn the taps off abruptly without a proper plan, is crazy and the world’s economy would grind to a halt.