What a tragedy that once again this organisation is hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons. Why was it necessary to list properties which it seeks to shame? Thus drawing unwelcome attention, perhaps even encouraging vandalism. Some people require little excuse to destroy British history and culture, and in one fell swoop, the NT has invited them to do so.
These historic houses were handed to the NT in the belief the organisation would uphold the dignity and records of families and their homes. Not skew their heritage, relationships or distant associations into a culture war, so the BLM Marxist movement, whose doctrines about white people are explicitly racist, and others, can target them.
Shame on Mrs Hilary McGrady, the Director, for including on her list homes once owned by Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill and William Wordsworth amongst many others, and tar with them with her political brush. What is the real purpose of this illogical and ignorant exercise?
It appears it is another crass example of the left’s ‘woke’ culture which has gripped the liberal elite. Let us hope that someone will come to their senses and weed out these destructive elements, which like weevils have burrowed into the very heart of so many of our once honourable institutions.
While on the subject of old properties, it seems the government’s environment lobby has determined that by 2030 all homes will be carbon neutral. They will be required to ensure they are 100% air tight and eco-friendly, including being fully insulated, including sealing up air vents and filling cavity walls. Heating systems refitted with new and costly eco-friendly boilers, and double glazing installed.
I am waiting for some bright spark to suggest pulling down historic houses which do not conform and currently cannot be repaired without an army of ‘conservationists’, dictating how this must be done. Maybe the plan is for all properties built prior to the Second World War to be raised to the ground, as they were certainly not designed to be air tight.
Cavity walls were designed to allow buildings to breathe, thus preventing dampness, wet and dry rot.
Many were built of stone, or lathe and plaster, and timber framed such as Ote Hall. It, and thousands of similar ancient properties surely cannot be compelled to conform to these guidelines and aspirations. Their structures would be severely damaged and compromised, and those living within them would undoubtedly suffer ill health.
Ote Hall cannot support solar panels on its beautiful Horsham slate roof, or erect wind turbines nearby. Neither should replacement windows be fitted, nor the open fireplaces and noteworthy tall chimneys be blocked up. Our ancient manually fed wood burner economically heats the house and hot water system, using recycled fallen trees – exceptionally sustainable.
It is indeed laudable to endeavour to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and there is an opportunity to ensure that new build houses are designed to be eco-friendly. But, perhaps it would be wise to consider building fewer houses not more. Perhaps by restricting the number of people entering the country who require housing and to be fed, by an already overstretched and over populated island nation, would be a better direction in which to travel.
It is people who create CO2, not homes. Too many of them in the wrong places is unhelpful. The shift of humanity moving from the Middle East and Africa towards densely populated cities in the West, is the dangerous and unsustainable problem.
Laurence Fox is launching a new political party to fight the culture wars. Good for him, I wish him luck.