Free Trade: page 10 of Beeches, Boreholes and Badgers

Wastwater Chronicles

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The carvings (trade ships 1835) in the beeches were a record of the birth of globalisation.  Eighty five years later (1910) Beatrix Potter  made posters protesting against Free Trade.  She must have been one of the first anti globalisation protestors? I always liked her.  In September 1985 a few more of the Rusland Beeches graffiti trees were felled by the Lake District National Park “due to birforkation.”

Beatrix Potter's Political Leaflets 1910. jpg

Some would cry “protectionist” – but her instincts were pretty true when she said:

“When a workman ain’t got any Wages –

Now what is the good of ‘cheap’ bread?

While you argues and talks and rampages-

Poor Camberwell Dolly lies dead!”

(Election Work from:  A History of the Writings of Beatrix Potter by Leslie Linder 1971)

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