Looking back, I have spent 36 years of my life trying to improve the lot of my neighbours. Housing, clean air, clean water, the countryside, birds and flowers, the sea. All have come into my ambit of concern, but now I find that I live in a country where national politicians seriously wish to curtail the work of the national regulator. Aided by nine unelected citizens who opened the flood gates to campaign finance from industry, the way is open for polluters to run riot with the nation’s health and safety – all in the name of profit.
Profit is good; profit pays taxes that in turn aid the less fortunate and provide necessary services. But profit must come with social conscience. The signs are out there. To hell with social conscience. More profit, more personal wealth for those few at the top – and to hell with tomorrow.