Christmas news from Cromarty Firth

CROMARTY FIRTH PORT AUTHORITY UPDATE, IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO TAKE A STAND, ENSURING THIS UNIQUE LOCATION IS PROTECTED FOREVER
The latest news from Cromarty Firth provides more insight into the challenge at hand. To recap, the Cromarty Firth Port Authority in the Moray Firth in Scotland, has a bonkers plan to license themselves, which they are in the final analysis able to do, to develop ship to ship crude oil transfers in the pristine and environmentally unique Moray Firth.
These poltroons, for that they surely are, who are Trustees (note their title) have decided that in excess of 103,000 signatures of objection, fierce opposition from the local leisure and tourist industry, the Church of Scotland and other marine based organisations are not worthy of note. They have stated that in a local populace of less than 10,000, the presentation of the 103,000 signatures is without validation. How arrogant are they to dismiss the concerns of the thousands of visitors and environmentalists who love the Moray Firth for the very fact of its great beauty and unique wildlife?
The Trustees are able to do this in the face of the Moray Firth being designated by the EU as of international environmental importance, while at the same time it was EU directives which permitted the Trusts to operate in this manner in the first place. The Firth is almost entirely under one form or another of environmental protective instrument.
In the final analysis, it transpires the Secretary of State has zero powers to control a Trust port on day-by-day decisions. There is a margin for intervention on port fees/wharf charges etc. and that’s it. How feeble and facile and frankly fragile. As the demagogues frequently opine ‘not fit for purpose’. Ungainly words but to the point.
European Protected Species (EPS) Licensing and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) will set requirements to be met on behalf of the Scottish Government. The port will/can respond stating they meet all the requirements, and after several inevitable challenges and iterations, the final decision for the port authority to decide, NOT MINISTERS. Here I start to giggle as it becomes more laughable as we proceed and all good jokes need a lead up.
If the port decides to continue without a licence and give strong assurances they will not harm any marine species, then the port authority is the self-proclaiming authority. This is quite extraordinary, and sheds light on the alleged chicanery of Bob Buskie to get his and his cronies trotters and snouts in what should be an impregnable trough. Who made up this swill (geddit?)? Hint, they wear grey suits and work in a grey city in grey towers!

Companies House has a string of shelf companies set up with the officers and Trustees of the CPFA as shareholders. Might this have anything to do with the price of 2p per tonne pumped going to the CFPA but the remaining costs such as wharfage, tug boats, bunkering etc. going to the private pockets involved in this scam? Based on the Sumburgh model, the cost of pumping is around 45p. Follow the money.
The risk for CFPA in making this decision (not to require a licence) is if they are wrong, they are open to criminal prosecution for harming a protected species, the resident bottlenose dolphins. That is of course after the event, if there is evidence and if proven, by which time it is too late and all the matrices of companies behind companies will result in no one being held accountable. In the end bankruptcy is filed and the rotters walk away. Seriously, will Bob Buskie remain in the area to face the lynching…sorry, music? Ha-ha! Excuse me while I wipe away a tear of laughter.
The tax payer will be left to pick up the pieces and an exquisite natural marvel left destroyed.
The legal situation is that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will need to be convinced all the application boxes are ticked, that is their duty, and if they find this to be the case then they will award.
The MCA has no role in EPS licence award – in legal terms it is a separate matter.
If the Cromarty Firth port authority convince the MCA they meet all the requirements for licence award, they will get a Ship to Ship licence. If the MCA are a strong-headed (and ignoring 100,000+ people is a risk) then they may well chance their arm and proceed using the authority they hold to suggest a licence be refused.
Strangely, it may not be about lawyers and studies; in the end, it may be about the integrity of the port. The words Trustee and integrity in this instance are mutual exclusive for sure. Risible and yet more risible.
The 2015 report by the MCA on CFPA’s application describes a catalogue of abject failure on the part of the CFPA. In their now obvious high–handed manner, Buskie and co. probably assumed it was their right to be granted such permission. It is doubtful the CFPA have done any further meaningful work in this regard. Remember they took a spill plan using the minimum industry norm of 300,00 tonnes released and said their spill plan based on 1 tonne was adequate. Who do they think they are kidding?
The MCA are in the end toothless.
The Cromarty Firth Port Authority can read the MCA comments and indulge in wordsmithery without oversight to conjure mealy-mouthed replies. Thus is the way of the world these days.
It is astonishing the party who profit from the activity can be self-assuring.
It seems the Scottish government are sloping shoulders, although when the pips squeaked so loudly when such a plan was mooted for the Firth of Forth, they soon lumbered in to action and dismissed the very thought of it! Oh how sweet to be in Morningside when Morningside is here!
It comes down to the integrity of the port authority. Side-splitting! Given the nature and behaviour hitherto shown by the CFPA, they are a reprehensible bunch of recreant dastards (that is not a spelling mistake) with only a mind for their pockets, hiding behind their criminal behaviour with well-placed bungery and untoward pressure being applied to those they wish to remove from traditionally servicing the port. The officers of the CFPAand their antics are manifestly transparent, thus their refusal to brook any opposition to their knavish tricks and their refusal to engage with the opposition. They know they have been found out.
This seemingly local farrago, along with all the other corporate hegemony around the world is another example of how this marvellous miracle of creation that is the Earth is run by corporations for the benefit of corporations, using all the apparatus available to them to get what they want-Police, the Military, financial systems, the Law and governments which we foolishly support in a ridiculous partisan manner.

At the time of rapidly emerging clean technology it is insanity to be risking the UK’s only resident pod of dolphins and the remarkable habitat they inhabit for an unnecessary out of date, dirty energy project, which in the event of an ‘accident’ will devastate the area for generations.

The story of the Cromarty Firth Ship to Ship Licence is now getting international attention with support coming from Australia, South America, Canada and the United States, particularly with indigenous groups who have a great understanding of what it is like to stand up to such ill-advised schemes. The matter has been raised with interested parties at the UN and particularly in the UK Parliament following the publication of Blue Belt by the Conservatives.

Would that the licence application avoids the necessity for the Standing Rock example of successful resistance however, the support is there, the willing to stand up and be counted is there, and how heartening to know thousands may line the Firth beaches and take to boats to ensure this idiocy fails.

Will leaders in the UK and international environmental pressure groups please do the right thing and block ship-to-ship transfers in the Moray Firth.

Please show your support and sign the petition, write to the local MSPs and MPs and to Nicola Sturgeon.

https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2017/01/31/ship-ship-plans-thrown/

MSP for Moray richard.lochmead.msp@parliament.scot
MP for Moray douglas.ross.mp@parliament.uk
MSP for Inverness fergus.ewing.msp@parliament.scot
MP for Inverness drew.hendry.mp@parliament.uk
Nicola Sturgeon Nicola.Sturgeon.msp@parliament.scot

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First Ever

COMING TO BINSNESS

By pebbled tidal private
Sweep Broom of Moy
Kincorth Clodymoss
Solo southern side
North from Forres’
Distant granite needles

Haven hovering Ospreys
Seeking Whittling
On Culbin
Safe from shifting sands
Leeward Findhorn’s quiet cove

Drynachen to Califer
Stretch of fir field
Through trees Findhorn
White squat take
Wester beatings hurricane gale and hail

Late summer’s eve last
Sun’s sweet balm
Five generations of Love
Reside in bricks stones steading
Soft grass yields
Beneath a tread

Joy family feuding
Mohican mergansers
Saw billed to catch fry
Generous Findhorn
In tide brown steel blue
Against river waves

Generous Findhorn
Keening seals sand bar
Siren sound Firth
Yew Pine Beech
Arraviste Sycamore redolent

Generous Findhorn
Generous laird
Such kindness flows
Pain stauncher
Mirth oasis
Single Pheasant’s haunt
Bow-wingèd Herons
Croaking gloaming to roost

‘Nib’

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AGRI-Rant by Nib Belugah

AGRI-RANT
Nib is a former farmer with the yearnings of an alliterative poet. He has met ‘the bringers of waste and starvation’. Nib managed the farm; the trees, the hedges, the colours therein. He has dined with rapists and shooters and it is well they know it. He has written a rant for the fuckers.

“I have met the force of the markets in agriculture It is a pit of vipers making money out of nothing but speculation on food, of all things, at the expense of everyone and everything bar their greedy selves. They are the bringers of starvation and waste. Every time a wagon load of cereals, rapeseed or maize, or whatever leaves the farm gate, the fertility of the soil is being exported to be replaced by a dwindling supply of fossil fuel based fertilisers and a plethora of additives. Any farmer who hides behind the canard ‘custodian of the land’ needs her ears boxed, nay, she needs to be tied to a chair to watch films such as Les Terriens, Food Inc., King Corn, Farmageddon and Cowspiracy, all overseen by without doubt, the evilest corporation ever known, worse than the East India Company, Monfuckingsanto”.
Monsanto jibes are cheap and tacky. Too chessy – editor
“The rush and tumble of the farming year can now be seen in the ever-larger tractors being driven helter-skelter around small roads, messing up the verges, piloted by young men in many cases, who are utterly oblivious to the beauty of their surroundings and the way of things. They are on an hourly rate doing piece work. More massive amounts of fuels are then needed to plough, till, spray, harvest, transport and bale. The whole cycle is completely out of control and destined for a sticky end…soon. These action release huge amounts of CO2. We need to end this cycle. Tune in, here’s how..”
Tell me, dearest darling Nib, about the south of England, a land I haven’t seen in may years. Tell me about farming there. I will tell you of the longing we have in the Highlands of Scotland to grow, just what we need, from better than fish boxes, found on the shore. Another day we shall talk about Monsanto. Another day for CO2 and why we need to stop releasing it.
“ I can tell you that the clear clean streams of chalky England run amok with nitrates, washed off the fields from fertilisers and manure, disturbing the balance of bank and fauna. It is estimated there are as few as 30 growing seasons left in some of the denuded parts of English arable land. Pay attention! How does a CEO, a Scot, still think his company’s contribution to the world is anything less than disgusting?
There is a simple relationship: the more the rural way of things is disrupted, the greater the damage to us all. We shall die of a great loneliness as our fellow creatures depart in toxified disgust.

One example of this great loss has been the removal of hedges. Since the war 121,000km, yes read that again, have been grubbed out. Just imagine the staggering damage this has done to the wildlife.The thousands of insects, birds and mammals consigned to footnotes of our greed.

The various bugs and insects inhabiting the hedgerows, quite apart from the aesthetic argument, were the very fauna which controlled the bugs which farmers wished to keep off their crops. Result? More pesticides and herbicides.

These actions since the war have been taken, because we are a selfish and ludicrous species, to make it easier for a farmer to farm. Balls, it just means the tractor driver can get out of his cab less often and the combine keeps its header on”.
Yes, I agree. For many years I kept native hedges ready in pots. Waiting always for the place to plant them. In the end, I gave them away to anyone who might help them.
“And all the enplasticating so-called super markets, they are anything but super, with their faux patter, and homey nonsense. “It’s what the housewife wants!’ Yet more balls, it’s about what makes things easier for them, hiding behind the consumer, duping the consumer, insulting the consumer. Your days are up mateys, we have seen through your emperor’s new product line. Rapacious GroTescos, your profits are doomed”.
“Steady steady, man, get a hold of yourself, maybe that’s enough for today” -editor
“We all need to get very fucking angry. I am.” – Nib

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Letter To Nicola Sturgeon Re: Cromarty Firth Port Authority

Ms. Nicola Sturgeon, MSP
First Minister of Scotland
EDINBURGH EH1 3DG
Dear Ms. Sturgeon
Re. Proposed Ship-to-Ship Oil transfers in the Moray Firth Special Area of
Conservation
As the Leader of our Government, it is your responsibility to ensure Scotland’s beautiful land and seascapes are protected for future generations. Marine reports prepared by your Departments explicitly state that ship-to-ship transfers of crude oil could have serious detrimental effects on our onshore and marine environments.
Indeed, you stated in the Scottish Parliament (12/1/17):
“Based on the current information, the Scottish Government is
unconvinced that ship-to-ship oil transfers can, or should, take
place at anchor in the Cromarty Firth without unacceptable risk to
the marine environment—in particular the European Union
designated area for bottlenose dolphins.”
You also stated regarding concerned constituents:
“I assure them that the Scottish Government absolutely hears their
concerns and will continue to do everything we can to make sure
that they are heard by those who take the decisions.”
You allude to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, who will determine any new
application. But you do not have to allow a non-elected body in Southampton to take control. You and the Scottish Government can do at least two things to prevent such potentially devastating operations in our inshore waters:
1. You can use your powers to refuse to issue the required licence to disturb bottlenose dolphin and other European Protected Species
http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0044/00446679.pdf
2. You can sit down and talk to the Cromarty Firth Port Authority, and persuade them to stop this.
You don’t have to let others take this decision. Your Government has the power to make sure people are heard. You can decide to respect the will of more than 100,000 people who have registered their opposition to ship-to-ship crude oil transfers on the 38 Degrees Scotland site.
I respectfully urge you to use your powers to prevent ship-to-ship oil transfers in the
Moray Firth.
Yours sincerely,
Signature: NIB
#NOS2S #WaterIsLife #MniWiconi #NairnSaysNo

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THERE’S A BAD SMELL IN THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND AND IT WILL INEVITABLY GET WORSE

The usual greed and utter contempt of men for the environment is about to be exposed yet again. In the magnificent Moray Firth in the north of Scotland, the antics of The Cromarty Firth Port Authority, it’s CEO Bob Buskie and assorted cronies, need to be seen for what they are – the masterminds of an environmental catastrophe in the making.
The Cromarty Firth Port Authority are reapplying for a licence for ship to ship crude oil transfers in the Moray Firth, not for the UK, as if that was any good reason, but for smaller tankers from the Baltic to transfer oil into larger tankers for global distribution.
Bob Buskie, whose demesne is on the north side of the Firth, has the arrogance to refuse to have consulted with the south side, the counties of Nairn and Moray, which would take the brunt of any spill on their pristine and ecologically unique beaches.
The Moray Firth is home to the greatest number, and largest sized resident pod of Dolphins in the world. They have been a vital resource of scientific data for over 30 years.
They are hugely loved in the area and give many people the magic experience of being close to them in respectful ways, in the hands of experienced local businesses whose existence depends on the Dolphins
The Dolphins have been in the Moray Firth for as long as the Firth has been good to them, possibly for thousands of years.
The indigenous folk of the Firth, be they ancient or modern, have had a long and joyous interaction with these wonderful animals.
Many respected scientists are of the opinion cetaceans are fully sentient, conscious beings with family and social structures at least as complex as ours.
Yes, this is a long post and the evidence behind the scenes against this plan in immense, as are the alleged shenanigans of the protagonists, the supine and dismissive behaviour of the local MSP Fergus Ewing and the Scottish Government.
HERE ARE SOME SALIENT POINTS:
• The Moray Firth is a designated Area of Conservation
• It is home and migratory staging post for large numbers of birds
• There are plentiful colonies of seals
• The local fishing industry is getting back into gear
• The Moray/Nairn coast consists of 45 miles of pristine sand beaches
• This plan will allow near super-tanker size ships to moor in the middle of one of the finest landscapes in Britain
• The value of tourism to the area is £275m p/a
• Ballast water discharges will occur in the shallow, warm waters of the Moray Firth. Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) are a threat to the entire ecological system
• The annual cost to the British economy from INNS is estimated at £1.7 billion (CABI Research, Defra sponsored)
• The noise of the piles being driven into the sea bed will disturb and terrify local marine fauna for many miles.
• The coasts of the Firth are full of SSSI’s and Designated Nature Reservations
• Any oil spill will take 4-5 hours to reach the Moray/Nairn coast, it is impossible to protect the beaches in time.
• The beaches and foreshore on the south side are flat with a long tidal foreshore so the ‘smear’ effect will be all the more damaging.
• The spillage reaction plan is based on 1 tonne being spilled, it is pumped at a rate to 2 tonnes per second. This was reduced from a figure of 300,000 tonnes, for the purposes of this licence application, as the figure from which to plan spillage procedures.
• It is humanly impossible to shut off the system in under 30 seconds according to other sources involved in the safety measures of these operations
• Any spill will be drawn into the unique Findhorn Bay within 12 hours
• To repeat, Bob Buskie, CEO Cromarty Firth Ports Authority (CFPA) has refused to involve the Moray/Nairn stakeholders in any consultations
• CFPA has received £4m from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The guidelines for Port Authorities under European procurement rules and use of public money para. 1.1.4 states ‘Trust Ports operate in a commercial environment with no public funding’ The rules have been disregarded
• Safe facilities for transfer are already in situ in the port of Cromarty and have been proven for over 30 years
• The ships in the Firth will be subjected to high winds and a 3.5-meter tide while making the transfers.

THERE HAS BEEN PLENTY OF OPPOSITION

More than 100,000 have signed a petition. #NOS2S #waterprotectors
Nicola Sturgeon has received over 500 personal letters.
When such a scheme was mooted for the Firth of Forth, the squeals of opposition form the area squashed the plan immediately.
“Let’s send it north! There’s nothing of any value above Perth!”
The paper trail in the public domain, clearly shows the Scottish Government and Mr. Ewing being, shall we say, economical with the truth. Bob Buskie and his cronies, it is estimated, should the allegations of foul play and a system of shelf companies (more than 8) be true, stand to make a pretty private penny riding on the back of a public trust.
Even the smallest spill will have a distinct detrimental effect. The fumes from the transfers alone will cause damage.
PLEASE CAUSE A RUCKUS ON FACEBOOK
THE IDIOTIC CROMARTY PORT AUTHORITY MUST BE STOPPED IN THEIR TRACKS AND MR. BUSKIE REMOVED FROM HIS POST FOR ABUSING HIS POSITION OF TRUST

Join Cromarty Rising
https://www.facebook.com/saveourhighlanddolphins
http://www.cromartyrising.com
CROMARTY FIRTH PORT AUTHORITY
Do check out the website and see the sort of men with whom we are dealing
+44(0) 1349 852308
cfpa.co.uk
Email: cfpa@cfpa.co.uk
Write to Fergus Ewing
Ewing.msp@parliament.scot
His constituency office is
112 Church Street,
Inverness,
Highland
IV1 1EP
Telephone: 01463 713004
His Scottish Parliament address is
T3.25
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Write to Nicola, or email her……

Ms. Nicola Sturgeon, MSP
First Minister of Scotland
EDINBURGH
EH1 3DG

Dear Ms. Sturgeon

Proposed Ship-to-Ship Oil transfers in the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation

As the Leader of our Government, it is your responsibility to ensure Scotland’s beautiful land and seascapes are protected for future generations. Marine reports prepared by your Departments explicitly state that ship-to-ship transfers of crude oil could have serious detrimental effects on our onshore and marine environments.

Indeed, you stated in the Scottish Parliament (12/1/17):

“On the basis of the current information, the Scottish Government is unconvinced that ship-to-ship oil transfers can, or should, take place at anchor in the Cromarty Firth without unacceptable risk to the marine environment—in particular the European Union designated area for bottlenose dolphins.”

You also stated regarding concerned constituents:

“I assure them that the Scottish Government absolutely hears their concerns and will continue to do everything we can to make sure that they are heard by those who take the decisions.”

You allude to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, who will determine any new application. But you do not have to allow a non-elected body in Southampton to take control. You and the Scottish Government can do at least two things to prevent such potentially devastating operations in our inshore waters:

1. You can use your powers to refuse to issue the required licence to disturb bottlenose dolphin and other European Protected Species http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0044/00446679.pdf

2. You can sit down and talk to the Cromarty Firth Port Authority, and persuade them to stop this.

You don’t have to let others take this decision. Your Government has the power to make sure people are heard. You can decide to respect the will of more than 100,000 people who have registered their opposition to ship-to-ship crude oil transfers on the 38 Degrees Scotland site.

I respectfully urge you to use your powers to prevent ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth.

Yours sincerely,

Signature: Date:

Name:

Address:

Postcode:

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Coming To Daless by Nib

COMING TO DALESS

By two ways the path is taken.

From Dulsie straight and twisted,
Along broad Findhorn’s soft sedged banks,
Before the pinch and turns of Dulsie’s gorges,
Marbled, larding cattle,
Fat tailed sheep and modern fir.
Subtle rise and fall
Along the river’s course, a sigh to take the view,
A shard of fear on one track precipice,
Each yard a step obscure, incognito to oncoming,
Then fall by Carnoch, eases hearts and hands
Tautened on the wheel to Drynachen.

From Cawdor, past fair Exchange,
Cross cusp of moor and meadow.
Flat past knocks and butts in line,
Blind summits to hold one’s breath,
Around a bend along steepness edge,
Banks bound by reaching broad based Douglas Fir to bind the banks and hold the slope,
Flash of sight up Findhorn’s lavish valley,
Rich flood plain magnanimous to tree haloed Daless.

All the way bracken brushing, willow herb,
Roiling helter-skelter, from Drynachen,
Lifting high along the cliff pincered brink,
Held by gabions against the slides,
Potholed precipitous, steeply down glissading mamelon,
To the fording boundary burn and haven heaven sanctuary.

‘Nib’

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Hallowe’en (as it should be spelled)

HALLOWE’EN
(As it should be spelled. The extra expense of the apostrophe in printing
precludes I’ll wager)
Hallow, rather a fine word, the loud cry or shout to incite hounds in the
chase? The part of the hare given to the hounds after the chase to reward
and encourage? Indeed this is so. Also, to make holy, consecrate, to
sanctify or purify. Somewhat removed then from the beyond ghastly,
polluting, plastic plethora of ugly Chinese imports to demystify and
pervert the evening before All Hallows’ Day, or in other words, All
Saints’ Day.
In the past, this was the day given aside to give thanks for the lives of
the saints and their good works, the miracles they performed and the
succour they brought to believers. Religious hocus-pocus aside, what a
massive perversion, another filthy American retail import, of the day
historically at the family level, given aside to the memory of all souls
who have preceded us and the contribution, good or ill, to the world in
which we now live.
Instead, we have another event to add to environmental and animal
butchery that the bastardisation and perversion that great festivals have
now become.
Easter-eat chocolate, paint eggs, huge rabbits wrapped in foil, extra
lamb, “Happy Easter” to celebrate the cruel murder of an albeit, figure
of myth. Anyway, rising on the third day has been moved from what
was once the celebration of Winter Solstice but Christians saw a truly
fabulous marketing opportunity.
Christmas. Jeez, where to start? Best left for another day perhaps.
National saints days are getting a look in now, not to miss a sales
opportunity. St. Patrick’s day, get ever more pissederer than usual and
drool Irishness whereso’er he or she may be in the world. Get a stupid
big green hat
St. Andrew’s Day, heaven’s knows what the Scots get up to, probably
getting more pissederer than usual and at Eton two teams try and push
one another along one side of a wall with a ball in the middle. I think the
memory of there being any kind of score in the Wall Game lost in the
mists of history.
St. George’s Day, as yet under sold but I sense an opportunity, surely a
target for future cashing in, and getting more pissederer by those who
care for such frivolities.
Each and every one of the above producing a mass of one use plastic
shite to fill the coffers of the fossil fuel fucksticks and purveyors of fine
ales, wines and spirits to the nationalist cognoscenti.
Of other religious global festivals I am mostly ignorant except the
biblical, yes, quantities of animals that are cruelly slaughtered for some
dreadful now forgotten reason.
I digress.
Aside from the waste of land given to the growing of Christmas trees
(plastic sheath, plastic decorations-you are with me now), Hallowe’en is
for some reason addicted to pumpkins. I wonder what they have done
to deserve this? Again, tracts of land dedicated to growing a wonderful
food solely for the purpose of extracting the innards, carving a silly face
and placing a candle therein and before you object, very few people
actually bother to make soup. This is desecration of the land through
disrespect and ill-use. Pumpkin growers, hang your heads in shame.
All this is really is done to pervert and subvert our connection to Nature
and make a little wonger on the side. It is almost exclusively directed at
children and parents, it is neither clever or funny to spend your money
on such monstrosity. Save that for Christmas when you will get a much
better guilt trip in any case while indulging in some well-earned
drunken sentimentality.
All this is a now successful hatchet job on the traditional giving of
thanks for the changing of the seasons, the generosity of the Earth and
the miracle of the Sun and Son, (they are one and the same, the New
Testament is merely an almanac and instruction pamphlet to impose
control and fear).
So the rural garage from which I am seeking a swift escape, is festooned
with black (obviously) and gold tinsel, tassels and little cut out skulls, oh
yes, and revolting plastic glow-in-the-dark mini-skeletons from 24
inches or so, down to key ring size. Various characters from Hollywood
horror movies (aren’t they all?), hang around the cornices inviting
ridicule at the cynicism, cheapness and transparency of it all.
All the unsold residue? Who knows. Next year surely not à la mode so
I’m guessing landfill. Those who are so moved to purchase such idolatry
will be bored of it on the morning of 1st October so hello again landfill
and maybe a bit of ocean besides.
This is all such a disgusting habit, a corporate takeover to sell shoddy,
polluting nastiness and perversion. A perversion of ancient traditions, a
perversion of ancient symbology for a massive kerr-ching, and worst of
all, a dark undertone is insidiously delivered into the collective thinking
of the young. This develops an acceptance of the cult of death to which
we are being subjected from all sides, we have been made to be
frightened of life, rather than celebrating a cult of life. I could go on.
‘Happy Halloween’ exhorts the banner. Fuck off you cynical bastards.
Spend your money on your children on goods, schemes adventures
which bring them to Nature, our Creator.
Show me one child who knows what Hallowe’en means, let alone spell
it correctly.
We are a ludicrous species.

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