Many have stood their ground offering shade to livestock and people for hundreds of years. They have witnessed our history; all iconic and loved by those who live close by or just know them as landmarks.
Increasingly oaks are threatened by developers or those who decide their roots ‘undermine’ a modern conservatory or cowboy-built extension to the house they are about to sell. The resulting battle between lawyers and insurance companies, who threaten their custodians, resulting in protracted, emotional and expensive litigation.
Trees, oaks in particular, must be given special protection from developers making way for roads and houses, and insurance companies covering their backs.
Michael Heseltine’s narcissistic, attention seeking, and backstabbing tendencies are adored by the BBC who wheel him out every time they need someone to bash Boris and Brexit. Last week he declared: “if Boris goes, Brexit goes”. He really is a bitter man.
Keir Starmer recently tried to reassure voters that Labour will not take Britain back into the European Union. If you believe that you will believe anything. He voted six times against a Brexit deal, and he is a weak ‘caretaker’ until another Jeremy Corbyn raises their head to take up the fight.
The removal of the PM by his enemies, motivated by a wish for greater alignment with EU rules and their opposition to what they consider to be an excessively aggressive attitude towards fixing the Northern Ireland protocol, leaves those who voted for Brexit understandably worried.
Boris was the savior of Brexit. His re-negotiation of Theresa May’s dreadful deal in defiance of his critics, was heroic. His boldness and optimism embodied true leadership just when required. He never canvased populism, he just wanted to get the job done, which stirred millions across the country to put their faith in the Conservatives for the first time.
The Tories need a strong leader who believes in Brexit, but the danger is they choose a closet Remainer who does not pick up where Boris left off. As one commentator said, “this is a war we must win, our opponents must be taken seriously”.
As I file my copy on Monday morning, none who have put themselves forward to replace the PM will get my vote. They all lack charisma, experience, and the qualities needed for leadership, to walk into No 10 to guide the government. Let us hope one emerges before it is too late.
It is not just Westminster which is devoid of suitable leaders. Across Sussex, there is also an apparent vacuum, resulting in charities, civic posts and other prominent positions being led by inappropriate individuals, who are alienating and diminishing those often-historic bodies.