Government to sell Britain's forests

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  • dnbuk 19 Jan 2011 19:24:43 4,943 posts
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    In order to raise 2bn, the Government is selling all 650,000 acres of our forests a privatisation that even Margaret Thatcher blanched at.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-for-sale--camerons-green-credentials-2177929.html

    I have no words.
  • Dynamize 19 Jan 2011 19:27:03 1,672 posts
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    The government can't, can it? I thought at least some of it was Crown property or something. Surely it won't pass anyway, they'd have to be mental.
  • BinaryBob101 19 Jan 2011 19:28:30 22,637 posts
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    Surely, loads of our forest is protected by the National Trust?

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  • Red-Moose 19 Jan 2011 19:29:05 5,346 posts
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    So 3k for an acre of forest eh? I'll buy a few please and build my Rivendell-esque tree-world.
  • Kain201 19 Jan 2011 19:32:19 1,619 posts
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    Become your very own Robin Hood?
  • Deleted user 19 January 2011 19:34:23
    Isn't this the Independent's equivalent to the DM blaming immigrants for inflation? Shit if true though.
  • Ginger 19 Jan 2011 19:48:13 6,830 posts
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    Only 3k? Bargain - as long as I get a bit by a road

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  • Khanivor 19 Jan 2011 19:48:18 40,542 posts
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    What a fucking hack.
  • Ged42 19 Jan 2011 21:20:12 7,719 posts
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    At last I can fulfill my dreams of being... a lumberjack
  • glo 20 Jan 2011 09:43:29 3,424 posts
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    BinaryBob101 wrote:
    Surely, loads of our forest is protected by the National Trust?

    I think most of it is forestry commission rather than National Trust. The sell-off is next step after getting rid of the forestry commission I think.

    Yet another terrible idea from our wonderful lords and masters.
  • smoothpete 20 Jan 2011 09:47:08 31,495 posts
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    Is this for real? Fuck me. Worst idea ever.
  • CosmicFuzz 20 Jan 2011 09:48:45 23,866 posts
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    It's Ferngully all over again.

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  • Blerk Moderator 20 Jan 2011 09:49:27 48,225 posts
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    Petition.
  • Load_2.0 20 Jan 2011 09:50:01 19,147 posts
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    Sell it to the Chinese for a tidy profit, they are well into preservation.

    Wait no.... it's that other thing.... oh yeah raw materials.
  • Alastair 20 Jan 2011 09:53:45 15,604 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    Petition.

    Done.
    My comment?
    "Don't sell, it'll be like when Gordon Brown sold off our gold, except with trees!"

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • Alastair 20 Jan 2011 09:58:14 15,604 posts
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    Possibly not, but it makes me feel better about myself and allows me to look down on others.

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • glaeken 20 Jan 2011 10:00:24 11,143 posts
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    It's not really surprising. Most Tories have their own private forests so they don't need the riff raff forests.
  • LionheartDJH 20 Jan 2011 10:02:11 19,391 posts
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    Good, silly forests laying about doing nothing, might aswell make some money from them.

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  • Alastair 20 Jan 2011 10:02:17 15,604 posts
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    Smuggo wrote:
    I'll be the one doing the looking down when my motherfucking Ewok village is up and running.

    Make sure you fix the platforms securely to the trees, I'd hazard a guess that an Ewok weighs a lot less than you.

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • smoothpete 20 Jan 2011 10:04:56 31,495 posts
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    Smuggo wrote:
    petitionlol

    That'll get you nowhere.
    Why do you have to be such a twat all the time?
  • Alastair 20 Jan 2011 10:09:06 15,604 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Why do you have to be such a twat all the time?

    He has a reputation to maintain.

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  • Blerk Moderator 20 Jan 2011 10:09:47 48,225 posts
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    Smuggo wrote:
    smoothpete wrote:
    Smuggo wrote:
    petitionlol

    That'll get you nowhere.
    Why do you have to be such a twat all the time?

    Just being realistic. Signing a petition is likely to be about as useful as mooning out your car window in Parliament Square.
    Is there a web page for that?
  • craigy Staff 20 Jan 2011 10:09:58 7,597 posts
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    Petitions on the Internet have often changed the world.



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  • TheSaint 20 Jan 2011 10:10:19 14,303 posts
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    I see the Indie's decent into a left wing Daily Mail is continuing.
  • smoothpete 20 Jan 2011 10:10:53 31,495 posts
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    So you're ok with this then I assume?
  • kalel 20 Jan 2011 10:12:09 86,962 posts
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    Yeah, what do governments care about mass public opinion? It's not like like that same public vote for them or anything.
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