I’ve talked about walks quite a bit recently. Hopefully I won’t stray too much onto old ground on this rant. Apologies it is a rant.
One of the benefits of a walk in nature is that it helps you forget about our world, my country.
Deep breathing and it begins…..
We are so lucky to be sitting on this magical rock, in this special little place in the Universe. We live on a planet which is beautiful and can provide for all of us (if we let it).
I live in a stunning county in a once lovely and diverse country.
I used to love my country but I deeply hate what it has become.
A place where someone thinks it’s ok to string dead Jackdaws on the gates to a TV presenters house because he makes a stand for animals in our country.
A place where one of our finest and nicest politicians is stabbed to death while trying to help someone.
A place where our so called PM is not prepared to meet a 16 year old who wants to talk about the climate but falls over herself to find the time to meet leaders of regimes who regularly execute hundreds of innocent people.
A place which like many lands is slowly drowning in a sea of plastic.
A place where too many people are happy to take a risk on the world burning and happy to use up its resources today just because it’s not their problem and someone else can sort out the mess when they have gone.
A place where some people think it’s ok to poke fun and demonise kids dealing with things like Autism and Aspergers.
A place where extremist on both sides of the Brexit argument have taken control of our national agenda.
A place where you are labelled a traitor if you dare to go against a particular thought pattern. Demonised for rocking the boat.
A place where the establishment happily allow extremists promoting religious and racial intolerance to be seen as acceptable political parties.
A place where the national broadcaster happily gives air time to the views of a minority group and its leader who openly promotes violence.
A place where we continue to ignore the plight of the survivors from the Grenfell Tower disasters two years after that dreadful night.
A place where loathsome, self interested and self deluded buffoons run our country for no other reason than because of their privileged and elitist upbringing.
A place where the government thinks it ok to dismantle our health and education services because money doesn’t grow on trees. Yet is happy to spend billions on giving bungs to minority parties to safeguard their own jobs. A government happy to waste billions on administrating it’s own cock ups.
A place where food banks are our fasting growing institutions.
A place where we value the contribution of millionaire bankers above the contribution of our wonderful nurses, teachers and emergency services.
A place which worships at the alter of celebrity.
A place where growing numbers of our population cannot afford to access decent transport links.
A place where our Mental Health services are straining at the seems trying to deal with the rising numbers of people suffering in our communities. A fact ignored by the Government.
A place where a public library is now becoming a rarity.
A place where the Government tries to force the disastrous Fracking Industry on communities. Communities carefully selected to be far away from the rich and privileged.
A place where too many of our care homes are delivering shameful levels of care.
A place where we think it’s acceptable to net off potential nesting sites for birds and animals so as not to hinder building expansion plans.
A place where we continue to eat into our unspoiled wild lands yet ignore the huge disused and derelict areas in our urban sprawls.
A place where every night someone else dies from knife crime.
A place where every night homeless people die on our streets.
And on and on …..
It’s time to breathe again. It’s time to make my way to that overgrown tree trunk and focus on the beauty which still exists close by. It’s time to forget that I live in this country.