Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Badgers, in others' words


1) Prophetic:

The moor is to the deer, the badgers, the foxes, the otters, the falcons, and the hawks, pitiless despoilers of rooted and blooded things, which man has collected and set apart for himself; so they are killed.


Henry Williamson
Tarka the Otter


2) Influences on our greenest ever government and its environmental thinking:

It took Margaret Thatcher herself to point this out. She said gloatingly at the time of the Falklands War: “It’s exciting to have a real crisis on your hands, when you have spent half your political life dealing with humdrum things like the environment.”

Yes, we’re destroying the planet, how frightfully dreary, how terribly vieux jeu. 

Simon Barnes
How to Be a Bad Birdwatcher


3) Let us hope he is right:

“People come – they stay for a while, they flourish, they build – and they go. It is their way. But we remain. There were badgers here, I’ve been told, long before that same city ever came to be. And now there are badgers here again. We are an enduring lot, and we may move out for a time, but we wait, and are patient, and back we come. And so it will ever be.”

Kenneth Grahame
The Wind in the Willows

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