Farmers, Pikeys and Towni-Country Folk
There is a battle raging and it's being fought behind the mainstream and in Englandís home counties. With the demise of the farming Industry into a mechanised system the villages were wasted of its farm workers. Many emigrated to the colonies or moved to the Industrial towns to find work. Gypsies who relied on the summer work in the fields lost there profession as well... The result has been dramatic:
Townies moved into the villages, renamed dormitory villages, they have now become towni-country folk... they don't work in the rural areas they commute to the towns and return just to sleep, only venturing out on weekends to live the towni-country life. There are certain regulations to being towni-country, the first, on moving to the country, is to immediately install a wood burner in your home. The second is to shove some chickens in your backgarden. The third is to have raised vegetable plots. The fourth is to buy a four wheel drive.
On installing the wood burner they realise they need logs, so to start with they spend a fortune on seasoned logs from B&Q. When they understand they need lots of logs they start to order a truck load. Then they look at there gardens and notice some trees in them, so they get some local cowboys to cut those down for the wood. After removing all the trees and getting fed up with having to get logs in and start a fire after 12 hours at work they put the central heating back on.
The chickens end up being eaten by the foxes or stolen by pikeys, yet they replenish their stocks... they are feeding the foxes and the underclass, it's there form of charity. The raised beds get put up because they saw it on a television program, so it must be good. On buying the ready made kit to do this for an extortionate amount of money they plant up the veg and then leave it until it all flowers and rots because by the time its ready for harvest they have already lost interest in it. It's quicker to order online from Tesco.
Of course the four wheel drive is a must, after all they are all going to drive about in fields aren't they? No they are not, what they do is clog up the country lanes, driving too fast like they are on a highway and cause huge amounts of damage to other vehicles, animals and the road verges. On approaching a Chelsea tractor on a country lane they refuse to move over because they do not want to scratch the paintwork. One appeals to them, "but your driving an off-road vehicle, its what it's designed for", but will they budge.. No! they have to get there kids to the local school which is just down the road but they won't walk because they think they will get kidnapped and there so bloody lazy they have to drive absolutely everywhere.
When they arrive from the town they bring there liberal, vegetarian, no cruelty to animals, ecomentalist values with them. All the values that are guaranteed to clash with the local farming community. When the farmer then wants to build an animal incinerator, so the farmers don't have to drive the dead animals to the other side of the country for disposal, it classes with the liberal views of villagers who think they are all going to get BSE because of it and they will have to breath in the fumes of dead animals and watch as hundreds of lorries bring carcasses through there streets etc.. etc.. of course it's ignorance that formulates there opinions. They forget the crematorium down the road, they don't mind human corpses being burnt but when it comes to animals.. well.. despite the technology that prevents the foul smell. Before law changes were made the dead animals would be given to the hounds or buried in the ground. Maybe they would like dead horses to be dumped on the side of there road..
And yet its the farmers who create so many of the problems. They carve out the countryside for financial gain, it's an industry, they have to make money otherwise they no longer can function. In being like this they are more willing to adopt new industry to provide income that infuriates other country residents, like biomass energy converters, animal incinerators, quarries, game shooting, 4 wheel drive tracks, golf courses etc... The countryside is landscaped by man, it is how it is managed that is imperative. All too often the farmers take a moral high ground and insist that they have been on the land for generations and they should be able to do whatever they want...
And that is where they clash with the gypsies..
Indigenous to Britain for a thousand years or more, the travelling community have stopped travelling.. there are no more apples or hops to pick. And if there are a machine or a polish person has taken the job from them. County councils had no choice but to build council estates in the country for them and to allow gypsy camps to spring up. The gypsies continue there lifestyle, poaching, scrap metal dealing, stripping resources, dog breeding, chariot racing on the highways, grazing ponies on public land, quad biking on public recreation areas, generally taking whatever they can get there hands on and more than often avoiding prosecution due to the rozzers fear of them. The battle between the farmers and the gypsies is a fierce one, often involving shotgun exchanges, beatings, arson and destruction of property. The fact remains that gypsies have a right to live there lifestyle and if society has taken away there professions and treat them like animals then what do they expect in return. Never cross a gypsy.
The conclusion is the balance is wrong in our rural society, the real country people, those who lived in the villages and worked on the land are no longer there.. apart from a very small percentage. The land owners remain, diminished but still calling the shots.. now the villages and the council estates in the country home rich townies and pikeys respectably... a dysfunctional balance.