Saturday, July 27, 2013

The new Luddites

The Luddites were a group of textile artisans who protested against newly developed labour-saving machinery from around 1811 to 1817. They were protesting the bringing in of machinery that made products cheaper and as a consequence were losing their skilled jobs to unskilled labour. The movement was ended by mass arrests and deportations, though the name has stuck as an epithet for those who would block progress.
Villagers blocking a rural drilling site earmarked for fracking were dragged away by police yesterday as protests turned ugly.
Around a hundred police – including trained riot officers – were brought in to break up the blockade which was in its second day in the West Sussex countryside near Balcombe.
The site, which has been selected for exploratory drilling by fracking company Cuadrilla, has attracted a growing number of protesters all week who until yesterday morning had managed to block all access from the road.
Whilst I have some sympathy for the villagers, I do happen to know that a fracking rig is a lot less obtrusive than a birdmincer and if successful a lot more cheaper to run and maintain. However the arrests weren't mostly villagers as the Mail article would seem to indicate, but professional swampies or enviroloons as I'm want to call them. These are the people who would rather our pensioners and low paid freeze to death in the winter because they can't afford to keep their houses warm. Who believe the planet is warming up and we need to go back to a brutal medieval economy to try and prevent a natural process. Essentially they are Luddites who wish to try and deny progress in any shape or form that doesn't fit into their narrow minded view on how life should be.
Natalie Hynde, 30, said she was delighted to be part of the movement and dubbed yesterday’s police reaction ‘over the top’.
Miss Hynde, who defines herself as a professional activist, has been protesting at the site entrance for four days. 
Says it all really, a professional activist who has nothing better to do.
The enviroloons won't stop progress, doesn't stop them trying of course and their influence unfortunately has the ear of some of our idiot politicians who see bird mincers as a good way to make a profit from the people of this land rather than investing in ways to keep cheap energy flowing.
The enviroloons unknowingly or not have fallen into a devils agreement with those businesses and politicians whose interests is in keeping prices high and people barely managing.
They can't see it though...

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Rickie said...

fracking would be more than a good idea if it was "up north" unfortunatley its in the leafy stockbroker belt it's a bloody disgrace and will be an eyesore from the royal golf clubhouse.

The environloons remind me of the smokerloonies who want to turn back history and live in the cosy world of no smoking bans where smoking never killed anyone.

Barman said...

I presume by 'professional activist' she means she signs on once a week and doesn't have to worry about paying her own fuel bills...?

Anonymous said...

When Britain's power was sourced entirely from coal, and areas like mine were blighted with the spoil heaps of deep mining, and the depressingly frequent tragedies at the coalface, we just had to get on with it. Now the inhabitants of the leafy southern shires are expected to put up with the comparatively minor footprint of fracking they are up in arms.

OK fine, let each affected zone hold a ballot, and allow all residents to vote whether to support or ban the fracking. If the result is no, the fracking is stopped and dismantled. And that entire zone is disconnected from mains gas and mains electricity.


Anonymous said...

Having read several interviews with the villagers, the majority of the protesters including the ones arrested were not from the area. Also the well itself is an old oil site which they are testing to see if the fracking techniques achieve anything there.