“What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow out of this stony rubbish? You cannot say, or guess, for you know only a heap of broken images, where the sun beats, and the dead trees give no shelter”
The Burial of the Dead……. From TS Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’
Today Catherine received an email from the Harthill Allotment Association asking that I, me- “a guest who you (Catherine) invite onto the plot; would remove the images, personal details and threats” From MY BLOG!!
This refers to my blog publishing the names of the people responsible for the felling of Harthill Copse
Now firstly when I read this I thought it was a joke….somebody, somewhere was having a right good laugh at my expense, but no this email was deadly serious with undertones of …do this or else written between the lines. And secondly the email stated that; “Members of our association feel intimidated and afraid as a result of the publishing of their photographs, personal details and the associated threats in the thread”
Now at this I flew into a rage……..I’M NO F**KING GUEST I gestated, arms flailing and furniture flying across the room (OK I made that bit up but you get my point!) I’ve worked that plot at Harthill for over 14 years and they refer to me as a f**king ‘guest’……. but now this is the thing about Harthill Allotments!!!!
I’ve worked that land for longer than the majority of people on that site and yet I have no voting rights and I’m basically treated like a piece of shit…..now if anything is about to get my goat up that is……also, this is my f**king blog, not Catherine’s…….anything I say here is my business. If you don’t like it then F**k Off…..That’s the freedom of ‘democracy’ Oh, and by the way I’ll be dealing with the issue of ‘democracy’ in a future blog 😉
And with regards to “the publishing of their photographs, personal details” I haven’t ‘published’ anything……every link and photo is already in the public domain……if you’re on the internet then it’s as public as it being in a newspaper. Don’t cry wolf just because you’ve been named and shamed. Stand up, be counted and accept the consequences of your actions…..did you seriously think that the felling of Harthill Copse would put an end to the matter?
And why on earth should somebody “feel intimidated and afraid”? I know if I was part of a ‘famous victory’ like the felling of Harthill Copse and I had the courage of my own convictions then I would be proud of my association with such a thing!
It now makes you wonder about the ‘moral backbone’ and why certain people are now scurrying away from the bright lights to the nearest and largest stones they can find……surely they did this with the full backing of Liverpool City Council, The National Allotments Association and the Liverpool Federation for Allotments, so BE PROUD!
I am….and I/we came off second best to The ‘A’ Team…..lol
I’ve been advised by **** ***** (Oh yes now there’s a revelation for you 😉 ) to be “measured and restrained in our statements.”
So this is me being ‘restrained’ hope you like it 🙂
………Because if I said what I really want to say I’d probably be in prison by now………
please rest assured that the views expressed in this blog do not represent the views of the majority of the supporters of Harthill Copse and are purely my own opinions and nothing else………sorry I had to say that for legal purposes…..lol