Not so perfect brave new world

Date: Wednesday 18th July 2018

Sir, Simon Whalley’s sniping at Rory Stewart (Herald, 7th July) for taking “an extreme standpoint” and spreading “propaganda” about rewilding is ridiculous but typical. He has every right to support our beautiful countryside and way of life.

Mr Whalley says “humans have changed the landscape massively with their interventions”. They certainly have — the continuing urban sprawl is an excellent example of massive landscape change.

He also states that grouse moors are a “fine example” of personal gain and profit. So if Britain were to be rewilded and populated with lions, bears, wolves and elephants, as George Monbiot suggests, Mr Whalley would not expect anyone to make “personal gain or profit” out of it?

I suppose nobody would start safari-style trips all day and every day for the paying public to see these creatures close up, and certainly never contemplate the building of hides so the same paying public could watch a wolf ripping a young deer to shreds among the bog weeds, scrub and nettles.

The excitement of “being in at the kill” would probably transcend all else. The must-have zip wires, here there and everywhere, would not be tolerated, even though the paying public and photographers would get a better view of proceedings.

How the right to roam will sit with the new exciting countryside is a slight worry, but no doubt some bright spark will come up with a profitable answer.As I’m sure Mr Whalley well knows, humans will try to make money out of anything and everything, so please don’t try to pretend your brave new world will be perfect. Yours etc,


North Stainmore.