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Fish Farmer - - Contents – Editor’s Welcome - By Nick Joy

ISPENT most of one week in early Septem­ber in Lon­don watch­ing the Oval Test match. Now I know you will all be try­ing to fig­ure out how a fish farmer ever be­came in­ter­ested in cricket while liv­ing in the far north of Scot­land.That is an­other story and I am un­apolo­getic for my ad­dic­tion. As I am a be­liever in en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and so­lu­tions, I walked about six miles a day in Lon­don. It leaves a dis­gust­ing taste in your mouth, and your nose be­comes blocked with all the traf­fic fumes, but it is bet­ter than adding to it.

While walk­ing, I mused on the fact that most of the crit­i­cism of en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance is city based.

As I kicked my way through the mounds of plas­tic lit­ter left on the streets, pass­ing thou­sands of peo­ple who didn’t smile and cer­tainly didn’t say ‘good morn­ing’, I was re­minded how much I never ever want to live in such a place.

The bulk of the mid­dle classes of this coun­try live in such places and the bulk of the crit­i­cism farm­ers and ru­ral dwellers face comes from th­ese peo­ple.

Yet the qual­ity of life they live is so poor, pri­mar­ily be­cause of their own be­hav­iour.Where is the re­spon­si­bil­ity for your ac­tions that we hear so much of?

It would be easy to turn this into a di­a­tribe on city dwelling but I am ter­ri­fied that if I did, and oth­ers too, then one day they all might leave the city and come to live in the coun­try­side, so I will de­sist.

I should point out that both of my sis­ters live in Lon­don so I had bet­ter be care­ful how stri­dent I am or I will never get a place to stay again.

As I pre­vi­ously re­ported, I am now the proud owner of a Tesla and en­joy­ing it very much. It has made me far more in­ter­ested than I al­ready was in elec­tric cars.

As Lon­don­ers choke on fumes, travel crammed into tube trains and busses, I thought there must be a drive in the breath­ing pub­lic in Lon­don to get more elec­tric cars - af­ter all, they don’t pay the con­ges­tion charge which must be some in­duce­ment surely?

Well, over four days I walked more than 20 miles and never saw one pri­vately owned elec­tric car.

I saw diesels, petrol, hy­brids and all sorts of busses chug­ging out black fumes, but not one pri­vately owned elec­tric car!

I have not tried to cal­cu­late how many parked and driven cars I saw dur­ing that pe­riod but it must run to thou­sands.

To be fair, there were some of the shared car scheme cars which were elec­tric, but not very many of them.

De­spite the cen­tre of Lon­don be­ing blocked up by cli­mate change pro­test­ers, there ap­pears to be lit­tle ap­petite for change in those who make the most noise.

It re­minds me of the time when SNH de­cided to move its head­quar­ters from Ed­in­burgh to In­ver­ness.

Most staff were of­fered roles at the new site but few took them up. The re­main­der re­signed or left. I have al­ways felt that it was a case of ‘we want to reg­u­late the coun­try­side not live in it’.

So, re­mem­ber when you are out in the wind and sea or be­ing eaten alive with midges, try­ing to grow food for peo­ple who ap­pear not to value your work, they are not per­fect peo­ple.

They are strug­gling to un­der­stand us and what we do, while liv­ing in a place where peo­ple don’t care at all.

The crit­i­cisms of our in­dus­try and agri­cul­ture must be seen in the light of peo­ple who live where they do and how they do.

It is not for us to blame, but I think it is fair to as­sume that those who can­not see our lives as­sume that our lives are like theirs.

I for one am ut­terly glad that this could not be fur­ther from the truth.

“De­spite Lon­don be­ing blocked by cli­mate change pro­test­ers, there ap­pears to be lit­tle ap­petite for change in those who make the most noise ”

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