Did we say hiatus? Sorry, couldn’t resist channelling Delingpole on this issue, as it reflects on so many others afflicting us at this time.
It’s a type, the sexless, Common Purpose graduate woman with the Theresa May hair, similar age, champagne socialist, shunted from field of work to field of work she’s not in the least qualified for and on an obscene salary, talking utter bollox direct from the narrative and the reason the type is appointed is to run down the institution it’s parachuted into.
A career civil servant with no particular expertise in or natural sympathy with heritage issues or the countryside Ghosh is, as Quentin Letts notes in this delightfully catty profile, “more at home in court shoes than gum boots”. She also has a reputation – Letts delicately hints with more generosity than I’m prepared to allow the dreadful woman – for being pretty low-grade and thick.
In other words, she would have been ideal for somewhere grisly and right-on and pointless like the Equality and Human Rights Commission, but could scarcely be more wrong for a charity whose meat and drink is toffs, antique furniture, well-spoken old ladies in tweed twin sets, and oak studded parkland, and whose membership largely comprises small ‘c’ conservatives.
Just how utterly unsuitable for the job she is, Ghosh has revealed in her organisation’s announcement that from now on one of its main priorities will be combating climate change which, it claims, ‘poses the biggest single threat’ to its properties so far.
No, it doesn’t. It simply doesn’t. This is purely an expression of Ghosh’s ignorance and of the misinformation foisted on her by the bien-pensant types in whose company she prefers to spend her time.
And if this were merely a case of a silly woman venturing a foolish opinion, perhaps that would be excusable. Unfortunately, Ghosh’s ignorance and idiocy is being transformed into policy in its vomitously named new strategy document Playing Our Part.
A little extra:
Between May 1999 and November 1999, Ghosh was Head of the New Deal for Communities Programme.
And what does she want to do? Make the National Trust get away from stately homes which only cater for the middle-class and the nation’s heritage and get more into the birthplace of John and Paul, the Beatles, making it “more relevant”.
In 2009 the National Trust received € 4,964,866 from the EU, along with 25 other recipients across Europe (plus the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage in Egypt…), under the remit of a project called Climate For Culture. The project was funded from 2009 to 2014.
Naturally, National Trust members are not amused and this was typical of comments:
I avoid National Trust properties like the plague, English Heritage have a far lighter touch that doesnt turn the place into a theme park and they leave you alone to explore rather than get in your face.
A friend of mine is a volunteer room guide, in a large NT property in the North West. A new house manager was appointed about 18 months ago, and she is firmly in the ‘Ghosh’ mould – wants to make the house ‘more relevant’ especially to ethnic minorities; criticising the room guides if they ‘tell off’ any children who are fingering the precious displays and furniture; and now she wants to introduce piped music in all the rooms. The volunteers are seriously p….ss..d off.
It wouldn’t matter so much if the Ghoshes weren’t running the country down, along with their partners in crime in Westminster and in the courts, the NHS and in education.
There is, I’m afraid, a very deep divide in our society. One half or more of society comprises the average, often non-voting citizen, those of Old Labour who do care for the nation and its workers, the large middle-class centre right … and on the other side are her lot, including the tribalist Labour voters and LibDems, New champagne Labour plus the loony Greens. Blair and Millipede are of the latter lot.
Our national heritage had largely escaped these monsters for a long time but obviously someone noticed people of the land taking pleasure in things like heritage and that simply had to have a stop put to it, didn’t it? One can’t have people enjoying their land – that would never do.