My chalk protest message on the street washed away with the rain yesterday. So I wrote it again last night and again this morning and I’ll continue writing it over and over again until all my anger and grief is gone. Or until I run out of chalk.
I didn’t think they would really do it. Why? Because it’s a decision which makes no sense to me and no reasonable person would destroy a tree-lined street unless the trees were dying. Why was the suggestion even tabled in the first place? Local authorities are supposed to protect our urban trees, not destroy them. It’s not my duty to protect trees from the local authority.
I have lived in lots of cities around the world and never before have I seen such blatant disregard for the local environment and such wanton waste of public money by a local council. I had heard rumours about the Aberdeen City Council and now I witness the depth of their depravity for myself.
Am I less angry today? Maybe a little.
I haven’t mentioned Brexit yet but it has been on my mind a great deal. Ben and I both voted to remain in the EU like the majority of people living in Scotland. It wasn’t an easy decision for me at first and I did consider voting leave. My main concern about the EU is the 40% of the budget that is handed over to land owners. This is what is known as CAP – Common Agricultural Policy. It is for this reason that forests across Romania are being cleared; the land owners have realised they can get paid just for clearing the land. They don’t need to grow any food or raise any animals on it. All they need to do is destroy the forests and drive away the wildlife. However it’s impossible to have any say in this and try to change it for the better if we’re not in the EU. When I realised this my decision on which way to vote was easy. We need to be part of the EU if we want to have any influence.
Brexiters never campaigned on this issue though which is puzzling. This is the single, most concerning aspect and they completely ignored it. George Monbiot has a good article about it in, The shocking waste of cash even leavers won’t condemn.
Westminster has now descended into chaos. No-one knows what will happen next. The pound is at a 30 year low and we’re on the brink of recession, all things which were expected. The only good thing for us is interest rates will probably fall now which will be good for our mortgage payments.