It would be interesting if this same philosophy was applied to other aspects of our society. Some examples are as follows:
- a person with a criminal record of child abuse applying for a licence to run a nursery
- a person with a record of embezzlement applying to be a chartered accountant
- a former mass murderer applying for a shotgun licence
'Yes, we did take into account the fact that this applicant has a conviction for using banned poisons, so we just laughed, tore up his application and threw it back in his face.'
Sadly, it seems that that is not going to be the case, particularly when Natural England seem willing to state how much store they place in the applicant's argument about why they should get a licence.
So, there you have it folks.
Society has gone mad.
We have programmes on TV like Springwatch in which they plead with us to do all we can to help the populations of species like buzzards and red kites and kestrels recover after decades of persecution, and yet, at the same time, we have a DEFRA authorised body seemingly willing to hand out a licence to 'control' buzzards to someone with a criminal record for using banned poisons.
Can someone book me a ticket on the first ride out of here!