What on earth has happened to our British Bull Dog Spirit? It is time to cease apologising for everything, and stop looking back and finding fault amongst our ancestors. What is important is now and tomorrow, not yesterday. Leave the past where it is, leave history and its icons, buildings, statues and institutes in place for others to learn from and understand.
Our country and indeed the world, following this appalling pandemic, must stop being distracted by our PC and woke cousins, of many colours and political persuasions, and concentrate upon the job in hand – finding a cure for the virus, getting people back to work and our economies back on track.
There are far too many people who should know better fuelling unrest. Take for example the Archbishop of Canterbury who is urging the Church to ‘reconsider portraying Jesus as white and to think, “very carefully” about its controversial monuments in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests’. How dare he suggest that statues at Canterbury Cathedral will have to come down, just because a black man was killed by a police officer in the USA?
Why was the Cambridge academic Priyamvada Gopal, who sent a message on Twitter saying, ‘white lives don’t matter’, promoted to a full professorship by the university, while the guy who flew a banner over a football stadium saying ‘white lives matter’, was interviewed by police, and criticised by football managers and the BBC?
Nick Buckley who has helped thousands of disadvantaged youngsters, and received an MBE six months ago for his good work, has been dismissed by the trustees of Mancunian Way, the charity he founded nine years ago. This Good Samaritan did nothing more than speak the truth by warning of the ‘neo-Marxist’ policies of Black Lives Matter UK – which include tearing down capitalism and abolishing the police. He said, they risked dividing communities.
And now there is a ‘race row’ between Bernie Ecclestone and Lewis Hamilton. We know that Hamilton wants to pull down most of the statues in London and thinks ‘capitalism’ should be abolished. Talk about biting the hand which feeds him! And now Bernie has stepped into the row by saying, “black people are more racist than white people”!
I don’t think ‘Black Lives Matter’ has so far spilled over into the farming community but I had better not speak too soon – give it time. My neighbours have black cattle and ours are brown. Some have black and white Friesians and others Blond d’Aquitaines. We now have white and black sheep at Ote Hall, and of course most of us have at least one black sheep in our family - perhaps that saying will now be doomed!
We are still waiting for the rain which has been promised time and again. We had a couple of five minute showers, and then the sun came out and the wind blew, and within minutes the ground was bone dry once more. We hear that others around the region have had some decent downpours but by the time it reaches our part of the Sussex, the clouds are empty.
Last week we cut a couple of fields for hay which we had left hoping they would produce a thicker crop. One produced ten bales, where there were forty last year, and the other thirty seven, rather less than last year when we made one hundred and ten! Let us hope that second cut materialises.