A recent study has confirmed what is already common knowledge . Endangered birds are being killed to protect grouse shooting on land in England .
- Study suggests widespread illegal killing of Hen Harriers
- Patterns of satellite tagged hen harrier disappearances suggest widespread illegal killing on British grouse moors
The statistics are shocking ; “72 per cent of tagged harriers were either confirmed or considered very likely to have been illegally killed.”
Quite a high percentage , to say the least .
Cultocracy note :
A few years ago I went for an innocent walk on the Abbeystead Estate in the Forest of Bowland , Lancashire , England .
Ended up surrounded by a mob of heavies in camo gear , photographed and escorted off the premises .
A very spooky place .
Maybe they have something to hide ?
Probably lucky I didn’t end up like the hen harriers .
A website – whoownsengland.org – has researched land ownership of the grouse moors , suffice to say most are in private hands , many are owned by offshore companies (the Crown to you and me) .
- Who owns England’s grouse moors?
- Revealed: the aristocrats and City bankers who own England’s grouse moors
The story regarding hen harriers underlies a wider issue involving private land ownership in the UK and the increasing sell off of public land and assets .
The paradox is that local council taxes are continually rising at the same time as services are cut and public assets sold off .
Does the decentralization of local funding also mean that the people of a specific area can also decentralize from central government and live their lives as they please ?
A little like the US where separate states can make their own laws .
I personally pledged to devolve myself from all government interference a long time ago , although this path is seen as dangerous to the powers that be and has numerous pitfalls .
- Local authorities agree council tax rises for services “stretched to the limit”
- Council Tax: 97% of councils plan to increase rates this year, but it won’t be enough
- Council Tax to rise while services slashed
I think there are a few in the UK , or at least England , that would wish a return to the old feudal system .
Or does increasing private land ownership represent the creation of buffers and the shoring up of defences ?
Who owns England ?
Certainly not the people , that’s for sure .
- The Great British Sell Off (PDF)
- The collapse in public ownership of land
- The great sale of public land – a fire sale for our times
- If this public land sell-off continues, there could be none left by 2050
- The councils selling land worth millions to offshore companies
- The Mass Sell-Off Of Public Land Is Driving The Housing Crisis
- FOI request reveals scale of council sell off
- Austerity-hit councils selling off parks and public buildings at a rate of more than 4,000 a year, research finds
- More local authorities set to sell government assets
- Revealed: The thousands of public spaces lost to the council funding crisis