The main purpose of the Hunter Initiative (by which thousands of families currently living on city council estates will be sold newly constructed small holdings in the country) is to redistribute land in this country. There are certain problems, which I have listed below, and which I will hopefully solve.
Britain’s green and pleasant land is currently owned by under 1 percent of its population, that is a stunning inequality which simply can’t remain unchallenged. I believe that the true root to equality is by access to the land. For it is the land which provides us with everything we own, money is but a promise, a promise of resources that inevitably come from the earth. When markets and empires come crashing down, the land and its people will remain. Our current system of agriculture abuses the land beyond measure, that same land which we all depend upon for a living.
The political game as well as seated and fixed interests deny any radical distribution of the land along, for want of a better word, communist lines. And so we must instead pour our efforts into a gradual shift in the ratios of land ownership.
One of the most harmful aspects of industrialisation is that people are disconnected from their food source. This can be over analysed in the psycological sense, along very Marxist lines, but I think we can simply leave the argument at ‘people hould be growing more of their own food’.
Most of our nation’s food is grown abroad, what little we grow ourselves is grown using techniques which are not only detrimental to the well being of the natural environment but which will decrease yields in the long run, we use intensive farming, we strip the soil of nutrients and the only way that crops still grow is because we are pumping fertillisers in by the shit-load. Decreasng our reliance on imports is a healthy prospect.
As a nation we eat too much food that is bad for our heath, we would all benefit from a radical shift towards small scale, labour intensive, organic farming, which is after all the entire purpose of this policy.
The Over Extended Welfare State
It is not acceptable for large swathes of the population to be eternally in the charityof the state. What used to function as a spring board, as a temporary measure for fmilies who have fallen on hard times is now a permanent entitlement for many working class people. That is not only unhealthy but extremly expensive in a time of government cut backs across the board.
Margaret Thatcher was right in thinking that the only real way for working class families to improve themselves was to give them a stake in the economic fabric of the country. I happen to believe that should be extended to: economic, political and agricultural fabric.
If not for all the other problems I would simply adopt her policy of selling council houses to their dwellers, but in this case the location of that dwelling is also relative.
The terrors of city living
The ‘rat race’ of city living, referred to by Tom Good, is inheritly unhealthy to human nature. Being couped up in a serious of identical dwellings is simply not good for you. Being surrounded by advertising on a daily basis corrupts the mind and twists you into a non sensical consumer-being. Connecting yourself with the land is vital for connecting with your humanity, and most of the ills of urban Britain can be solved by removing people from the city for at least a short period.
Unemployment & Peasant Culture
Another problem in this country is the vast unemployment which pervades the population and creates swathes of people who cannot stand on their own two feet. Since in most cases these people are the same people who dwell in the council estates, we will kill two birds with one stone. When one works everyday on an organic small holding one generally considers oneself to be ‘occupied’.
Why not give these people the skills to grow food in a sustainable way, we can employ thousands of onservation experts to act as supervisors to these people, to teach them the skills. They will provide enough food for themselves and for others, which they can sell to give themselves a bit of extra income.
Nationalise the great feudal, and agri-business farming estates, distribute them into small parcels of arable land (five acres maximum), each with its own small holding (which we will build, employing thousands of construction workers).
Attach a renewable energy micro-generator, sell these at virtually non existant prices to council estate families, I stress families, and pay for them to transport themselves and their belongings to their new homes.
House with them, a supervisor, skilled in rural traditions, and emloy them to teach these people how to grow organic food.
If this is not done on an voluntary basis then it simply wont work. People who are resentful of an intitiative will not so eagerly participate.
These families can take young people in search of work experience. This will defeat the problem of youth unemployment.
This isn’t perfect, but what is?
If a small holding has some land which is not suitable for crop production then supply them with some livestock. We must revive the small holding, peasant tradition. The levels of land ownership inequality are sickening in Great Britain, and this will be the first step to reducing that injustice.