I read the news today, oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
– The Beatles: A Day in the Life
Two items in the news really got to me, over the last couple of days – firstly, from the BBC:
Ministers are considering changing trespass laws to make it easier for energy companies to carry out fracking beneath people’s homes without permission.
…and, in The Guardian:
In a speech to small firms, the prime minister will claim that he is leading the first government in decades to have slashed more needless regulation than it introduced…. Among the regulations to be watered down will be protections for hedgerows and rules about how businesses dispose of waste, despite Cameron’s claims to lead the greenest government ever.
Combine this with articles in CPRE Warwickshire’s latest Outlook magazine – one detailing “The Planning System in Crisis”; and another by CPRE’s chairman, Sir Andrew Watson: “Our country is under attack” – and I was in a right foul mood….
So, what happened to “Vote blue, go green”? Well, it went the way of all the coalition’s empty promises and obviously hollow lies… – straight into the rubbish bin. They haven’t even bothered recycling it… – yet.