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We need to educate women to stop having children . . .
« on: April 03, 2017, 08:19:48 AM »
Chris Packham: Britain is too full. We need to educate women to stop having children
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/chris-packham-overcrowding-killing-countryside/


BY  Craig McLean
3 April 2017 • 6:45am

At home on the edge of the New Forest, the crusading environmentalist and TV presenter Chris Packham is eloquently and forcefully fulminating on a range of subjects he holds passionately dear.

The badger cull: “It will go down as one of the country’s greatest shames in conservation.” The lack of diversity in his chosen field: “Conservation is all middle class white people. If I do an event with kids, they all turn up in four-by-four Volvos.” The absence of a campaign to fight what he views as the nature-wrecking intensification of British agriculture: “We’re up against agro-chemical businesses like Monsanto and Bayer. That’s why no one’s getting involved: no one has the balls.”

Don’t get him started on the trapping of thousands of migratory birds on MoD property in Cyprus, a cause for which he’s participated in an upcoming documentary. “If this was drug trafficking, or human trafficking, that was going through the base, the MoD wouldn’t back down. But because it’s killing birds it’s, like [dismissively], ‘oh, that’s a bit of environmental damage…’”

And, last but not least, another bird-slaying menace: cats: “It’s the giant fluffy elephant in the room, called Tiddles,” the host of BBC’s Springwatch says with a grim smile. “Neither the RSPB nor the RSPCA nor any of the other welfare organisations are brave enough to take it on.”



God bless Chris Packham, our natural world’s greatest, most high profile champion. For sure this former punk – still a gig-going indie music fan – is a controversial, divisive figure. He makes the blood boil of the Countryside Alliance for his fierce opposition to fox-hunting, and is the frequent target of social media attacks from the wider bloodsports fraternity. But this bothers him not a jot.

But what, I wonder, if he woke here in his isolated thatched cottage in Hampshire woodland, to find a badger carcass pinned to his door?

“I’ve had it,” he shrugs. "They tie dead birds and foxes to my gate.”

Doesn’t he ever fear for his personal safety?

“I’m not very good at personal safety,” comes the 55-year-old’s cheerful reply. “I don’t fear physical injury. Mental injury is far more dangerous.”

When it comes to “mental injury”, Packham knows of what he speaks. Last year saw the publication of Fingers in the Sparkle Jar, a beautiful, vivid autobiography that comes out in paperback this spring. It wasn’t only a hymn to the animal-loving childhood of a lonely boy from suburban Southampton. His memoir was also a revelatory exploration of the emotional challenges faced by a kid bullied mercilessly for his hobbies and manner, and who was almost suicidally broken by the death of, first, aged 15, a pet kestrel and, later, in adulthood, two pet dogs, the second of those in 2003. After the latter loss Packham found himself counting out pills and considering an overdose; he only stopped because he didn’t have enough.

Equally, if you read closely, you could divine the factor that underlay the social awkwardness, the obsessions, the bouts of depression: Chris Packham has Asperger’s Syndrome.

When I talked to him last year, Packham revealed his “condition”, which was diagnosed in 2005. He talked cogently about the challenges it brought him, professionally and personally. On Springwatch, the filming crew know not to mess with the contents of his precisely-ordered location caravan. Asperger’s also means that personal interactions are a challenge.



Talking about his girlfriend Charlotte Corney, owner of Isle of Wight zoo, he told me: “She’s writing a parallel book – How to Live with a Person with Asperger’s. Whenever I say something entirely inappropriate, she makes a note of it. But I can’t say that sometimes some of my behaviour doesn’t upset her.”

It’s in his nature, and his “condition”, to answer honestly, all the time. But the one question he ducked before was when I asked what his sister, the fashion designer Jenny Peckham, thought about him writing the book, which exposed the difficulties in a childhood home shadowed by his monomaniacal behaviour. So, over cups of tea this rainy morning in his elegant, ultra-clean cottage, I try again.

He pauses to gather his thoughts.

“When people are suddenly told that they couldn’t help someone they really wanted to help, they feel disempowered. What people don’t realise is, the person you want to help can be beyond you. Just because you love someone and you’ve been with them all their life, when they become ill, that doesn’t mean you’re the best person to treat them.”

Is he saying he pushed Jenny away?

“I didn’t push anyone away,” he interjects. “It’s just that they can’t reach me. There are no humans there,” adds this man who freely admits he finds the company of animals easier. “I think Jen’s come to accept that I have chosen to talk about some of the things that she thought were painful. She texted me a little while ago, a reference to an article about ‘curing’ autism. I texted back saying: ‘That would have saved you a lot of boring dinner times.’ And she texted back: ‘I would have missed the colour,’” he notes with a smile.

As we’re talking, his girlfriend comes through the door, flustered after an arduous trip on the passenger ferry from the Isle of Wight (she counted two giant rabbits among her luggage). She’s clearly a cheerful soul, clearly well used to Packham and his ways. His other immediate family consists of his stepdaughter Megan, the daughter of a former girlfriend. She’s in her penultimate year of studying zoology at Liverpool University. Since he split from her mother 14 years ago he and Megan have remained close.

For his part, Packham has no regrets about not having biological children. Overpopulation is something he finds seriously vexatious.

“Overcrowding in the UK will have a profound impact on the economics of this country. And this is not anti-immigration,” he clarifies, “this is just an observation about the number of human organisms in a confined space.”

He’d touched on this point, and a quick-fix, when we spoke last year. “One thing we’re absolutely assured of is that if we could emancipate all the women in the world like that,” he said with a snap of his fingers, “the birth rate would drop considerably. Because educated women have fewer kids, for obvious reasons: they have a greater scope to enjoy a richer life. We know that for a fact.”

We take off for a soggy walk in the woods – Packham wants to show me his favourite tree (a 500-year-old birch; his second-favourite a 2300-year-old yew). We’re accompanied by Scratchy, his beloved black miniature poodle. Alas, his brother is no longer with us.

“Itchy died just before Christmas,” Packham says briskly. “He got cancer of the prostate. It was really...” he swallows, “grim. Scratchy’s been distraught. We both have.


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Re: We need to educate women to stop having children . . .
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 08:55:52 AM »
^^

... another anti-life, anti-family fruit cake.
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Re: We need to educate women to stop having children . . .
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 09:06:00 AM »
The double think amused me the most :

"immigration has nothing to do with population size"

Actually its all inter-related....
Problem is it crosses over from Left to Right and Back Again.

Immigration, House Prices, Roads, Education, Un-employement, Healthcare, Economics and GDP, its all inter-related and a wild west flame war of the current political scene meme.

Take a stance on one issue, and I bet you'll get caught out contradicting oneself another issue.

The best answer is of course stable and predictable populations - but you won't find anyone advocating that in a hurry.
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Re: We need to educate women to stop having children . . .
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 11:15:10 AM »


BTW ... this didn't come out
on April Fools' Day did it?
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 12:09:21 PM »

BTW ... this didn't come out
on April Fools' Day did it?

LOL
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