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The laws in the US for simply taking away possession of land make my blood run cold. It looks as though something very similar is happening in Scotland - and will happen here too as soon as the govt have weasled round a safety clause (for landowners) called the Crichel Downs Rules.

Apart from that - I no longer think that those who think all rights are being snatched away are fanatics. Divide and Rule - particularly with all the mad rules and regulations introduced for "safety" reasons - are making us all powerless. and no one dares to defy them because - as in FMD - the uninformed would be outraged at the "irresponsibility" of anyone who broke the government rules. It is heartbreaking that farmers are colluding unwittingly in their own destruction. We even get the compliant RSPCA warning people not to help stray lambs - why? NOT because the lambs don;'t need help but because YOU NEED A LICENCE to move any farm animal now.

Food scares, as we all now know on this forum, are just one more way to keep control.

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