But, last week, Nick found himself asking a question in the House of Lords (where he sits as the Earl of Clancarty, an independent crossbench peer) on the very future of the Quantock Hills. Somerset County Council, we had learnt, was in the process of divesting itself of about 2,000 acres of Quantock land – specifically the Great Wood, Thorncombe Hill and Over Stowey Custom Common.
No love, your husband sits as Viscoubt Clancarty. The Earldom is an Irish one and thus doesn\’t lead to a seat in the Lords.
But over and above that:
Mr Liddell-Grainger says the land is estimated to be worth £250,000,
This is a minor, trivil even, problem.
At a full council meeting in February, called to debate the issue after the national advocacy group 38 Degrees gathered 40,000 protest signatures in a month,
You just get those 40,000 people who were concerned enough to protest to cough up £6 or £7 each and then buy the land. For of course, those outraged enough to protest will be willing to put up the cost of two pints to preserve forever this very special corner of England, won\’t they?
And if they won\’t then they\’re not concerned enough or it\’s not a special corner, is it?
After all, by their actions shall ye know them…..
We might even think that you and your husband should kick things off. After all, a British Viscount, Irish Earl and Dutch Marquess should have sufficient noblesse oblige to spend some time fundraising, no?