Tills of the North Rejoice
What price glory? At a guess, beauty plus 20 per cent. From behind the apartheid paywall of the Sunday Times:
BRITAIN’S mountains, lakes, rivers and beaches are to be given an economic value under plans by George Osborne to audit the entire nation, including its landscape.
He has ordered that Britain’s natural features, from Lake Windermere to Brighton’s beaches, should be valued by economists and accountants appointed by the Treasury.
The aim is to find out how much such assets are worth to the nation, with a value placed even on intangibles such as the beauty of a landscape.
Details of the plan were revealed by Caroline Spelman [...]:
“We want to put the value of nature at the heart of our decision making because a healthy, natural environment is the foundation of sustained economic growth,” she said.
If some of our poets had known this, they might have written with a little more precision. How many golden daffodils in a host? And how many birds in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire? Adlestrop will never be at the heart of our decision making, haycocks notwithsanding.
Financial news just in: the South Downs are up, the Trough of Bowland is peaking, the Peak District has troughed and Cornwall has gone off a cliff.
Posted on 06/24/2012 10:27 AM by Mary Jackson