Not only are we the fattest nation in Europe, it seems that the powers that be in Brussels have been considering legislation which would result in our pets and livestock becoming equally unfit. Some clever Dick or Deidre, has come up with a plan to limit the amount of exercise or work, our farm animals, horses, pets and working dogs may take. Technicians are designing pedometers for all manner of livestock, although it has been decided that cats catching mice is a leisure pursuit!
Bulls, rams and boars would be monitored to ensure they are not serving too many females, and if they do, we farmers will be penalised, fined or jailed for ‘cruelty’. How did they survive for the past thousand or so years?
Dairy cows would be monitored to ensure they do not produce too much milk, and beef cattle checked to ensure they do not become exhausted walking to the next grazing field.
Is all this in the name of animal welfare? Who knows what the optimum amount of hours, miles or effort that our working dogs, pets and livestock can cope with to keep them fit, happy and healthy? No doubt the same people who are telling us that it is not our fault for becoming obese and unable to work or walk, due to faulty genes, or the fault of the government!
This and other events brings to mind George Orwell’s Animal Farm, written in 1944 when the UK was still in a war time alliance with the Soviet Union, and Stalin was held in high esteem.
Old Major the boar had a dream in which humans are the enemy, which he repeats to the other farm animals and then he dies. Two of the pigs Snowball and Napoleon then plan a rebellion against farmer Jones and chase him and his men off the farm.
To begin with the farm animals are content, eat well and get along, and they adopt seven commandments including ‘All Animals Are Equal’.
Napoleon and Snowball struggle for dominance, and Snowball due to Napoleon’s deceit and narcissism, is driven off the farm by the dogs. Over time Napoleon and the remaining pigs become increasingly dominant, move into the farmhouse and take on the characteristics of humans, including walking on their hind legs. They also reduce the seven commandments to one – ‘All Animals Are Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others’. They then betray their fellow farm animals who eventually find it hard to tell the pigs from the humans.
Can one draw a similarity between Animal Farm and what is happening today in Europe? There is a distinct whiff that unelected European Commissioners and government leaders, have an unhealthy lust for power and crave a totalitarian dictatorship. Nor can it be disregarded that some British politicians who are enthralled by this notion of control and dominance, do consider themselves to be superior to the rest of us.
Do we roll over and accept the inevitable outcome by remaining part of this hotbed of control freaks, which in time will have total control over our lives from how long we may walk our dogs, how we run our farms, to how many hours we too can work? Or do we wake up and demand the right to shape our lives, govern our own community and Nation, and restore our sovereignty?
Let the scales fall from our eyes, we must not allow the politics of fear influence us. We are strong, we are successful, and we are very independent, because we are British.