I went to Peasemore the other day…

…you know, the place David Cameron grew up. Its very nice and that’s about all there is to say about it.

We left down a road flanked by overhanging tightly-packed trees towards Wantage that Dave must have played down as a bairn and my friends and I thought, what a nice place to grow up.

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One thought on “I went to Peasemore the other day…

  1. Part of me suspects that his environmental concerns are genuine, because he just “gets” places like Peasemore & those like it in a way that an urbanite might not.

    I gew up in a very rough area of Stoke. A lot of my neighbours didn’t have cars, & those who did generally went to & from work & that was it. Me & my brother were probably the only people in the wole area who were taken to the countryside etc. on a regular basis, which has definitely informed my views & development in general.

    I am concerned that children of modest origins should be able to have this sort of experience of nature, & visits to farms etc, because it really is useful in all kinds of ways. They’ve even got a term, “nature deficit disorder”, to desribe those who are denied this. Partly due to risk averse parenting but also due to sheer lack of opportunity.

    I myself left my surroundings (an area almost as grotty as where I grew up) & cycled out to Shropshire this morning. I can’t drive so it is what I mainly do. I love that part of the world, especially the south of the county, although the north is also excellent & is where I go more because it’s closer too.

    Mind you, it was a fairly nasty life for the farm labourers in those days. Reading a book such as “Akenfield” rubs in how grim it was.

    I once read a book about Camoron, “The Rise Of The New Conservative”. I didn’t think it was worth spending money on so I sat there in the library reading it over 5 lunchtimes! That lays quite a bit of emphasis on his rural pursuits. Apparently he likes a good swim in rivers etc, which is a good thing in my book. Too many waterways are closed due to risk aversion, & also because of being roped off for pointless shite like angling & boating.

    Good stuff. Got a bit carried away with commenting at epic length. But I am interested in rural areas… so long as I don’t have to do a land-based job :)

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