Monday, October 25

Three Cheers for the Countryside Blues

Most of the few (the happy few!) who read this will know by now my lack of regard for rural folk - and, as I've mentioned before, the feeling is mutual: mutual, and irrevocable.

So, much as I take delight in doing the necessary deed myself, it's always good to see somebody else pissing on their chips . . . and the link is to to the novelist John Lanchester doing just that - though he does so with some sympathy, some sadness, and some reluctance, as opposed to my gleeful gusto.

The thrust of his piece is aimed at the whingeful, vengeful, suspicious and spiteful attitude of the waxed jacket brigade, and the falseness of their familiar cosy nostrums concerning the 'threat to our way of life, our community'. There's a couple of cemented truths he cites: far from urban blight, only 5% of habitable land in Britain is actually used for that - the rest is farmland; and that in this land of ours (reiterating what has been argued by Jonathan Meades and others), there is no such thing as nature: the whole damn caboodle is organised - fenced, fed, protected, manicured. Man-made.

The waxed jackets are a fringe, minority group that like others eg muslims has a democratic right to be heard: but they should then accept the democratic will of the majority - or fuck off out of it.

Link

posted by DD @ 14:28 

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