Author Topic: Theft of the Countryside  (Read 524 times)

barewirewalker

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Theft of the Countryside
« on: 12:29:35, 29/03/19 »
Marion Shoard wrote a book of this title, she also presented a 1hour film in 1987, called "Power in the Land". Not that I watched that then, I was building up a business for my second career. Stumbled on this rather poor quality copy posted on the internet in 2017, yesterday.

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Re: Theft of the Countryside
« Reply #1 on: 12:23:58, 04/04/19 »
Although the picture is poor quality (or was when I watched it, my broadband has been playing up recently) the soundtrack is quite clear. The points I found particularly interesting were those attitudes expressed by Lord Brocket, Duke of Westminster and others on a landowner's understanding of freehold. Points of views, which are not so openly expressed today, repressed by a greater awareness of public image and a need to appear more politically correct. Much of the latent hostility to access is based on this. Marion Shoard's particular arguments are mostly directed at 'Factory Farming' methods and she uses these arguments to emphasis how agriculture affects our enjoyment of the countryside.
Much has changed since 1987, but the attitudes openly spoken on prime time TV then, have not changed. They were evident to any, who could read between the lines of the CLA's 2012 Common Sense Plan for Rights of way, which completely missed to mention the economic value of our accessing the rural community.
 
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