Shots from the shires
it takes a mind of great flexibility to embrace bishop gregory of tours, harold macmillan, theresa may and michael gove in the same sentence. Soon after the general election, i enjoyed a restorative ale with a neighbour, a man who farms well in a modest way, reads widely, shoots like a god and has a wife and bright children who could all feature as models in Vogue. he is blessed in every regard, yet i found him in contemplative mood and he was not long in telling me why.
“in the 6th century, bishop gregory began writing his history of the world with the words that many things keep happening, some good, some bad. in the 20th century, when asked what was most likely to blow governments off course, prime minister, harold macmillan, produced the classic response that it was events and my view is that the events that allowed our incumbent leader to flush, unforced, a workable majority down the gurgler were the result of hubris, bad advice and mostly self-inflicted. now every idealist under the age of 25, many driven by similarly biased self-interests to those older and in power, think they know best. it’s lunacy.”
with Labour’s promise to wipe away £40,000 student loans and their mobilisation of those same young, the result was predictable. the older electorate with long memories favoured the conservatives, while regrettably the idealistic myopic youth appeared neither old enough, nor well enough read, to remember or take warning from the shambles presided over by financially illiterate Labour regimes over previous decades.
as my neighbour said; “forty per cent of the newly elected house support shooting, but gove is the fifth boss of Defra in seven years and you can write what he knows about glyphosate and neonicotinoids on the back of a postage stamp. the young should stop to consider that since previous generations were blessed with the largesse of free university education, the world has moved on its financial axis fuelled by borrowing. idealism does not always result in wise actions, the young blame the old for brexit and everything else and now regard politics as transactional. basc urges shooters to share their convictions; well, my conviction is that the next promised land is much like the last and marxism has no place in this country.” and i had to agree.