A new report has been published by the UK Government this month titled ‘Landscapes Review’. One of the two aims of the report is to get more ethnic minorities into the English countryside. The report suggests:
“WE WANT OUR NATIONAL LANDSCAPES TO WORK TOGETHER WITH BIG AMBITIONS SO THEY ARE HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, GREENER, MORE BEAUTIFUL AND OPEN TO EVERYONE.”
The 168-page independent report was commissioned by Michael Gove back when he was the Environment Secretary before Boris Johnson’s recent cabinet reshuffle. To summarise, the two outcomes of the report are:
To stop environmental decline of England’s parks.
To increase the number of ethnic minority visitors.
During this article I am going to be focusing on Outcome 2.
To quote page 70 of the report:
“MANY COMMUNITIES IN MODERN BRITAIN FEEL THAT THESE LANDSCAPES HOLD NO RELEVANCE FOR THEM. THE COUNTRYSIDE IS SEEN BY BOTH BLACK, ASIAN AND MINORITY ETHNIC GROUPS AND WHITE PEOPLE AS VERY MUCH A ‘WHITE’ ENVIRONMENT. IF THAT IS TRUE TODAY, THEN THE DIVIDE IS ONLY GOING TO WIDEN AS SOCIETY CHANGES. OUR COUNTRYSIDE WILL END UP BEING IRRELEVANT TO THE COUNTRY THAT ACTUALLY EXISTS.”
Here comes the mother fucking enrichment!