The Mayor and his court at Castle Northampton are celebrating the
first day of Spring by lowering the icy drawbridge just enough to let
in those who agree with their policies.
Northampton City Hall looks a bit like some misplaced castle so it
should be of little surprise that some of its priorities are misplaced
as well. Take the presentation of the city’s position on caring for
the woodlands surrounding the drinking water supply being offered to
the good people of Northampton by the City Council this first day of
Spring. As far as we can tell from out here beyond the gates, only
those agreeable to the court will be speaking at the event and, we are
told, comments from the masses will be limited to just three minutes
apiece. Presumably the presentations will be much longer. We guess
this is what passes for democracy within the castle gates. Since we
are not residents of Northampton we leave issues of free speech and
democracy to our friends who dwell there.
However, given the short public notice of this event and given that no
real space was provided for alternative views on the city’s position
and given that personal attacks seem to have been made in the media
toward the individual who first raised concerns about the watershed by
his honor the Mayor and some in his court, we are instead focusing on
the next Enviro Show, this coming Tuesday, March 25 at 6pm. to
present some of the alternative views that will not be voiced in any
detail on the first day of Spring.
Happy Spring & stay warm!