I have the keys to my next abode. Since it’s not visible from the road so you can’t see it on Google Streetview, this is what you see when you emerge from the tree cover hiding my ‘in’ driveway –
It goes back a long way. 13 rooms in all, a garage, well water, septic tank, fireplaces with wood burning stoves and a huge diesel generator which looks like it hasn’t been used in ages. If I can get that working I’m independent of power outages.
Two miles from the nearest streetlight, pavement or any real civilisation. There is a neighbouring house, you can see it in the distance from the back of this one. I’m still amazed that this place is costing me less than the four-room flat I have at the moment!
Just across the road is a river. A salmon river. I will investigate fishing permits for that, but it’s past salmon season for this year anyway so there’s no hurry.
The Triffid occupying the greenhouse turned out to be a grapevine. Yes, raw wine 🙂 I was going to erase it when I first saw it but now I’ll just trim it back. Make room for tomatoes. Tobacco will find plenty of space in one of the other gardens and I have a little bit of woodland where I can nurture a wild-growing strain…
I’ll probably have to get fresh seeds. Mine are a few years old now.
That’s the digression out of the way. Now I’ll get to the point.
The EU are being moaned at about lobbying transparency. Mostly the complaints are about food companies ‘blocking new sugar laws’.
We don’t need a law on sugar. It’s sugar. You buy it and eat it or don’t buy it and don’t eat it. Or you can plant some sugar beet and extract your own. Nobody needs a law telling them how much they can have and we really don’t need to start on food taxation. That way lies the starving poor.
It’s a two edged sword though. The EU will be under pressure to be totally transparent on lobbying from Big Food, Big Baccy, Big Other Stuff… but also under pressure to keep quiet about lobbying from Big Brother.
These sugar laws didn’t come from any government office. They came from lobbying by Big Nanny. The tax-funded lobby groups who want us all under the biggest thumb since Stalin’s.
If they want total lobbying transparency then ASH and the rest will have to declare how much they spend on lobbying governments, what they are saying and most of all… who’s paying for it.
Unlike private corporations, the ones paying for these nannying groups are… us.
Yes, you antismokers might be all pleased with ASH, you thinnies might be delighted with the sugar haters, you tea-total people might be rejoicing at the booze removers and well you might. You’re paying for them all. If all those groups didn’t exist you could be paying less tax. But hey, you love them all so much you don’t mind paying more income tax and more tax on your food on top of that.
I’m going to have a big garden. So far I have identified four apple trees and haven’t explored the wooded part much at all. There will be food grown there.
Maybe sugar beet too.
Then… there’s the grapes… and you know what’s happening to them.