reply to post by christina-66
Democracy in this country is no where near the paragon example that some of our political figures would like us to believe. And how can it be? For a
start, we elect a government, and once that has been done, it gets to do as it pleases! There is not a single bit of legislation which prevents a
government from going back on a campaign promise, and there is no reasonable means of dethroning a government once it has been elected.
Furthermore, when all the political parties with any clout what so ever, are basically singing from the same hymn sheet, you are in a cleft stick,
because if you vote for one, you get the policies and attitudes of another! I feel totally under represented by my government, because the only
parties which want to change anything about the way Whitehall operates, or indeed the way the parliamentary process works, are also the psychotic
dribbling halfwits of the BNP, UKIP and so on, who are, without wishing to be at all prejudiced against fascist scumbags, a bunch of fascist scumbags.
The issue of museums is not one which is restricted to the North either, although here in my home town our issue is somewhat more complicated. I live
in a coastal town, famed for its victorian era pier, which connects with the coastline at a point where much of the architecture is also victorian
era. At the other end of the town centre, the landward end, is our local museum, which also features a planetarium on its top floor. It is housed
inside a beautiful old building, and serves the needs of those who use it, quite adequately at present.
However, recent years bought new finds from the locality, including the burial site of a Saxon king. The burial site is a mile or so inland from the
position of the current museum, and two or so miles from the seafront. But the local council want to close our old museum, and build a new, space age
looking abortion on our seafront, right near all the victorian residential areas which cluster against the seafront roads, and the clifftops (which
arent really cliff tops, on account of the lack of a cliff, but it makes them sound more affluent, and keeps the house price up... dont even go there
). They want to house the Saxon king inside this new build, even though...
a) The building, which has been approved by the planning committee, despite public protest, does not conform to the style of surrounding buildings,
looking as it does somewhat like a pile of crashed flying saucers, when pictured in the architects drawings.
b) The building is being built on silt and little else, on land in fact, which was part of a landslip less than a decade ago, and is unstable right
down to the bed rock, not to mention the building as it is planned, will be prone to flooding from the basement to the ground floor, if we ever get a
half decent storm surge.
c) The burial site of the Saxon king is supposed to have been left where it was found, but they now plan to house his remains inside the new building,
two miles from his original burial site.
I actually went to the planning meeting, which was closed to the public (meaning we were not allowed to participate, but were able to watch from the
galleries above the meeting hall). Many points were made on the physical impracticality of the placement of the new building, the moral objections to
housing the king there, and the ecological impact of its placement .
The landslipped area, upon which the new build is going, was home to unusual insect life due to the unique displacement of the soil, that is, soil
from lower down in the ground, was actually on the surface, meaning that the habitat was unique and should have been preserved, since after the eight
years it was left in that state, colonies of insects and even plant life, not often seen in the area, had sprung up.
Despite all the reasonable protestations of one councillor on the committee, a spokesperson for a local activist group, and the presence of more than
fifty residents of the area, and campaigners against the project, the motion was passed and work has begun. It is a waste of money, improperly placed,
the consultation process was non-existant, and will likely cost millions more in flood insurance, than has been previously addmitted.
This is the biggest waste of public money, locally that I have ever seen, money which we cannot afford to loose. If it hadnt of been for this
ridiculous new museum, we could have had our annual airshow (biggest free event in Europe) but there was "no money" for that this year. Despite the
fact that it brings more than a million people every year to our town,and therefore millions of pounds, it was scrapped, and I KNOW part of the money
is now in the investment fund for this new museum...
Our government, both local and national, are straight up killing our country.