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by Ben@Forest
20 Oct 2019, 8:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Savage machines
Replies: 18
Views: 544

Re: Savage machines

Well with all the cod-philosophy and misty-eyed reminisces it's difficult to bother with a professional opinion; but it's worth noting that in 1918 woodland cover in the UK was down to 5% and now it's 13%. It's also worth noting that all our ancestors from Neolithic to medieval man worked forests ou...
by Ben@Forest
20 Oct 2019, 6:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The right way to handle the Scottish Independence?
Replies: 133
Views: 2445

Re: The right way to handle the Scottish Independence?

■■ An independent Parliament elected entirely by people in Scotland will replace the current Westminster system. Under that system, elected representatives from Scotland make up just 9 per cent of the 650 members of the House of Commons... Which is right considering that 8.3% of the UK population l...
by Ben@Forest
20 Oct 2019, 5:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 758
Views: 14840

Re: Extinction Rebellion

It is, but the whole thing was way too slick in my opinion. I am old enough to have been right in the middle of the Poll tax protests, the miner’s protests, and several road building protests, and the Greenham common protests. They were spontaneous, and unpredictable, and the merde hit the fan, mor...
by Ben@Forest
20 Oct 2019, 3:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The right way to handle the Scottish Independence?
Replies: 133
Views: 2445

Re: The right way to handle the Scottish Independence?

■■ An independent Parliament elected entirely by people in Scotland will replace the current Westminster system. Under that system, elected representatives from Scotland make up just 9 per cent of the 650 members of the House of Commons... Which is right considering that 8.3% of the UK population l...
by Ben@Forest
19 Oct 2019, 10:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 758
Views: 14840

Re: Extinction Rebellion

Also makes you wonder how many are serial protestors, there whatever the cause. I know! These awful people, caring about what happens in the world. Something must be done about it. Yes, especially since protesters are also those wearing Union Jack suits on Parliament Green, those on EDL marches, th...
by Ben@Forest
19 Oct 2019, 9:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 758
Views: 14840

Re: Extinction Rebellion

The theatrical parts of the protests are carefully designed and executed. Making them more spectacular and notable. I would guess that there are many volunteers willing to lend their artistic and professional experience to these events. It doesn't work for me, but I see nothing sinister in the thea...
by Ben@Forest
19 Oct 2019, 3:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 758
Views: 14840

Re: Extinction Rebellion

People will have said similar about the suffragettes - who resorted to more drastic action when frustrated by the lack of progress in their (justified) cause from previous, much gentler protest. And historians still argue about whether the suffragettes actions actually changed anything. What's cert...
by Ben@Forest
16 Oct 2019, 8:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 758
Views: 14840

Re: Extinction Rebellion

But the French rail unions were carrying out strikes and were threatening to do so into the future, it was brought home to me by being at St Pancras and seeing a third of all Eurostar services cancelled. The French rail strikes were about changes in working conditions which the unions perceived as ...
by Ben@Forest
16 Oct 2019, 7:35am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 758
Views: 14840

Re: Extinction Rebellion

And sooner or later folk get a bit cheesed off and begin thinking "Okay, you've made your point...". Maybe that is the stage we are at now. Yep, l think there are a lot of unintended consequences with such actions, including strikes or the threat of strikes. In 2018 we were intending to v...
by Ben@Forest
10 Oct 2019, 8:19am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 758
Views: 14840

Re: Extinction Rebellion

What is a Citizen’s Assembly? Citizens’ Assemblies are innovative processes that can empower people, communities and entire countries to make important decisions in a way that is fair and deeply democratic. The Citizens’ Assembly on Climate and Ecological Justice will bring together ordinary people...
by Ben@Forest
9 Oct 2019, 12:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 758
Views: 14840

Re: Extinction Rebellion

It's just like cycling & providing for cyclists. By encouraging folks to cycle and walk more, eat less meat, buy local, etc. the government can give the appearance of doing something whilst doing nothing at all. Politically, it's a huge win, and those pesky Extinction Rebellion demonstrators ar...
by Ben@Forest
9 Oct 2019, 10:07am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 758
Views: 14840

Re: Extinction Rebellion

Or a young relative of mine who lectures everyone about being 'vegan to save the planet' then goes to Thailand and says she is an eco tourist because one day she did a beach clean. She's just returned and is planning for South America in a couple of months. This is common theme l think. Many years ...
by Ben@Forest
7 Oct 2019, 6:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tree identification.
Replies: 18
Views: 540

Re: Tree identification.

Don't take advice from here, consult a good expert. Btw you could ask the local council tree expert. My parents did that and got planning permission to chop the poplars down on the back of the visit. Tree protection area. Local council tree officers are really only interested in council trees or th...
by Ben@Forest
6 Oct 2019, 3:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tree identification.
Replies: 18
Views: 540

Re: Tree identification.

Whatever it is, it's not good for the foundations being so close to the house. That has been on my mind for a few years now. Shame to cut it down but it probably has to go. I hate to destroy trees and shrubs. Why it has been over 30 years to blossom for the first time ?? Maybe it knows something I ...
by Ben@Forest
3 Oct 2019, 7:18am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The tories priorities?
Replies: 94
Views: 1921

Re: The tories priorities?

It is interesting that some of the legislation to deal with the union problems and modernisation of three working environment has been copied around Europe. Some like France are generally considered to still need to gi along that way. And yet the UK's productivity is significantly worse than France...