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 ”