The autumn statement?

By kai Mörk, CC BY 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19270033
By kai Mörk, CC BY 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19270033

 

A few predictions for phrases for the Chancellor’s autumn statement:

 

By Jargal Lamjav from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jargal Lamjav from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • it’s a bugger being in the Cabinet – I had no time to get Siberian Accentor unlike almost everyone else in the country. I bet that Ken Clarke has it on his list now.  Only 32 European records up until 2015, and none of those in the UK, and yet when I became Chancellor, and we voted for Brexit, this autumn produced 219 Sibe Accentors of which 13 were in the UK. Remember this happened under a Conservative government (which isn’t terribly keen on immigrants from the east).

 

 

By Ronald Saunders from Warrington, UK (THE AUTUMN COLOURS OF BIRCHWOOD) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Ronald Saunders from Warrington, UK (THE AUTUMN COLOURS OF BIRCHWOOD) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • the trees are looking very nice this year although the London Plane trees around my office aren’t the best for putting on an autumn show.

 

 

Marilyn Peddle [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Marilyn Peddle [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • what we need is some big infrastructure projects on which to spend money and which will mop up some unemployed people and get some useful work done. Today I am announcing  that we will create a rural task force of men called Daniel Blake who will be trained in hedgerow management to restore decent hedgerows to much of our countryside.

 

 

Franz Amling [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Franz Amling [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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12 Replies to “The autumn statement?”

  1. Don’t panic Mark – they’ve had a review of the hunting act in Scotland and are talking about hunts needing 20-40 guns to make sure they kill everything.

  2. That hedge is a disaster as some of the branches are lying horizontally or bending down. Was it an example of bad hedge laying? Have I missed the joke?

    1. It’s been laid Cumberland style I believe Liz, not the best I concede, but by no means the worst I have seen!

  3. London Plane – “the bark breaks away in large flakes in order that the tree can cleanse itself of pollutants.” So – in perfickly clean air it doesn’t shed bark? An intelligent tree like that should be a Minister of State

  4. But they’re horse chestnuts! (‘the autumn colours of birchwood’). Lovely photo though. Unusual in that the hcs don’t appear encumbered by leaf miner moth damage – old photo?

    1. They are not really horse chestnuts – the London Plane is an intelligent tree that can alter its appearance (for instance, to look like a Horse Chestnut) in order to fool the Canker Stain fungus. Kinnell! Intelligent trees – who knew!?

  5. Following up on Miles King’s excellent guest blog entries and associated thoughts on A New Nature blog one can’t help but conclude that the disconnection from nature he writes about is now so profound the best that can be hoped for is a continuation of the slowing of the rate of decay.

    It’s evolution in action and there is nothing to be done.

    The deal is sealed by the inability of conservationists to connect to the disconnected. It’s almost as if they are so enthral to their intellectual supremacy they can’t see that taking potshots at those who could precipitate change (government, business, farmers and the “bloke in the street”) is shooting themselves in the foot. The phenomenon is so counter intuitive as to make one think it’s all part of the plan? The replies, if any, to this post will prove my point!

  6. If I have a choice I would choose a hedge that had been flailed by a contractor to that hedge every time.
    A very good hedge layer told me years ago when I was helping two things.
    Never bother laying Blackthorn.
    The limb being laid wants to be considerably higher at the top than at the base.
    Doubt that hedge scores very high on the second point.

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