Like thieves in the night they came to cut down the trees…….
I am not sure whether it is just me or has the whole world gone mad …first, Boris and Gove with Farage as a bizarre Brexit threesome, then Trump, and now ordinary Sheffield citizens woken from their beds in the early hours of the morning by AMEY, SCC and a hefty bunch of policemen. This is more like something from Putin’s Russia, or from 1930s Germany; madness, pure madness.
Following the earlier arrests of peaceful protestors, the residents of Rustlings Road were rudely awoken in the early hours and threatened that if they did not immediately move their (legally) parked cars then the cars would be forcibly moved and they would be arrested – and some were.
This really is a world gone quietly mad.
The legislation being used to execute these arrests is something introduced by Margaret Thatcher to suppress union demonstrations and the irony of this being applied by a Labour-controlled local authority on its own electorate seemed lost on SCC. Furthermore, the original arrests of protestors were during the week when Government announced there would be no enquiry into police brutality at Orgreave. (But as Norman Tebbit said on radio the other week, ‘we know the police behaved admirably and with restraint, and the miners behaved abominably, so why do we need to waste time looking into this’…….ah another unbiaised and reasonable viewpoint!).
Again, does nobody see the acute irony in all of this? Of course if there was nothing done wrong during the 1980’s miners’ strike, then even without an enquiry, we could just release the Cabinet Papers so we could all see what was said and by whom……… unless there really is something to hide?
Anyway, back to trees and the increasing use of extreme and wholly undemocratic processes by the authorities to force their will on a reluctant population – all of course paid for by us! Bizarre!
Just a thought too, if you receive a loud knock on your front door at 2 am in the morning and are met by a large policeman bearing a message, then I think it is fair to assume you will fear the worst – and not that someone wants you to move your car so they can cut down your tree at your expense…….madness, absolute madness!
So what next?? – why not build dams across the river valleys and spend another £80 million of taxpayers’ money – oh, and the problem is…….it won’t work but will wreak untold damage on irreplaceable heritage and ecology, and damage the local tourism and leisure economies. Apart from that, this is another cracker!
Images of trees felled previously – pictures from Rob McBride and others