GRUMPY OLD BIRDER
Bo Beolens wants to see long-term plans that protects wildlife and helps its survival N 1872, President Ulysses S.
IGrant created the world’s first National Park, Yellowstone. Between 1905 and 1909, several European countries also established them, more as symbols of national pride than of conservation. In 1914, Lenin established several parks in the Soviet Union. Britain had none until after the WWII. In 1928, Stalin implemented his first ‘five-year plan’, a set of economic and social goals for the state and its populace to aspire to. As his grip tightened and his rule increasingly relied upon fear, plans were fulfilled to the letter, often against the spirit they embodied. If the plan required a certain ‘tonnage’ of production, and you were falling short, sheer terror led you to start making beds out of lead rather than steel! So it was that ‘state planning’ got its bad name. It seems to have consequences nearly a century later, as UK politicians seem incapable of agreeing long-term goals and play politics with sticking plaster solutions to more and more problems. We need some integrated national plans to save peoples lives and livelihoods let alone protect our biodiversity. Several years of flooding has led to knee-jerk plans to dredge waterways.
What may help solve one problem can banjax another unless things are looked at together