The lay of the land

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IS it re­ally nec­es­sary for the Min­istry of De­fence to ac­quire yet more acres of the Bri­tish coun­try­side (‘MOD makes Cum­brian “land-grab” at­tempt’, May 24)? It re­mains one of the largest sin­gle landown­ers across the UK and doubt­less not ev­ery acre it al­ready owns is put to best use. Since the end of the Cold War and the tran­si­tion to a war on ter­ror­ism, which presents a do­mes­tic threat quite dif­fer­ent to the age of mass state-to-state war­fare, it is also surely the case that a fit-for-pur­pose De­fence min­istry needs less land, not more. Cum­bria County Coun­cil should not fear the res­o­lu­tion of White­hall and should re­ject this mis­guided use of pub­lic funds. Roger Lewis, Lon­don

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