I’ll blog more about this but it’s difficult not to giggle all the time as I write about it.
To see, as I have, the feeble letter from the Marquess of Downshire to DEFRA, dated 18 September 2019, is rather amusing. I’m surprised the letter didn’t include the phrase ‘Don’t you know who I am?’.
But we do know who Arthur Francis Nicholas Wills, Lord Downshire is – he is, apparently, a farmer. He’s probably out milking some cows right now. And like most other farmers he is, or has been, a director of a hotel company, a cleaning service for linens and furs (sounds interesting), an electricity generator, a non-life insurer, a commodities dealing company, several schools and a plastics manufacturer. It’s amazing that those cows get milked at all.
And he is the Chair of the Moorland Association. The Moorland Association were very miffed that having given their word, as gentlemen (and Amanda) not to burn, and being caught out burning, this was not going to go in their favour. If the chaps at DEFRA can’t take the word of a bunch of aristos and some nouveau riche businessmen then what is the world coming to, eh, eh?