Yesterday was a very difficult day and one that I thought would never come. I was lost for words and I’m speechless. I need time to reflect – I need time to absorb and then respond and I am not there yet.
I have spent my entire working career campaigning for wildlife and coming up with ideas which will make things better for the natural world. I was involved as a minor player in helping bring in the European Directives to protect wildlife, birds, the seas, water and the air. Now it looks like all those battles will have to be fought again against the Neo–liberal elite who hate such restrictions. I am a member of the ‘green blob’.
I spent several years helping NGOs in Latvia acclimatize and prepare for joining the EU – happy days and oh the irony now.
My step son is 21, his mother (my late wife) died approaching 6 years ago. Her mother was German and her father was English and he now lives in Scotland. My step son’s father is Australian. We live in a multicultural world.
This is how the Referendum voting split by age – my generation and the one beyond have shafted my step son’s one ….
HOW AGES VOTED
18-24: 75% Remain
25-49: 56% Remain
50-64: 44% Remain
65+: 39% Remain
On Wednesday I received an offer from the University of Exeter to study a PhD on the politics of the Dartmoor Commons (self funded) – an exploration of why it has proven so difficult to merge farming with environmental matters. As a result of the Referendum this will now have to be severely re-drafted! Unless Dartmoor farmers and those elsewhere in the uplands are supported it will be ‘game over’ for them.
Approximately 50% of the Electorate share at least some of my views and 50% appear not to.
This is a time for reflection which in my case at least will lead to a strategy and a plan. Give me some time and I will share it with you to see what you think.
In the meantime here are a few moths – wildlife keeps me sane and it hope it does you too.