At the Allotment - January
This not too brilliant picture was intended to be tucked somewhere in the middle of a series of pictures about Allotments - which are strips of land that people can rent to grow fruit and vegetables.
This picture shows some Broad Bean seedlings growing in neat rows - it was taken last week, 16th January.
Information about growing broad beans is - here -
In the background are glass cloches, which are used as portable mini-greenhouses. Most people now use some form of polycarbonate, which is less dangerous and can offer more insulation.
I do not have an allotment. I am grateful for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.
An allotment also has a financial meaning and can be related to wages - for example an "allotment" was taken out of military pay to cover insurance. That rather tenuous link lets me change tack completely and turn slightly political (which doesn't really have a place on a photographic blog - I apologise, especially to non-UK people).
First of all I thought the title was a bit of a visual pun that matched a comment made by an economist last week, who reckoned she could see the "green shoots" of economic recovery. I wish it were true, but I think it was over-optimistic.
There's something else though, also political, that I spotted this earlier today on -theyworkforyou-
which is where you can find your MP's contact details.On 16th May 2008 the High Court ruled that MPs' expenses must be published under the Freedom of Information Act.This Thursday, [TOMORROW - 22nd January 2008] MPs are voting to change the law to keep their expenses secret after all, just before publication was due and after spending nearly a million of your pounds and seven months compiling the data.Your MP may not even know about this proposal (it was sneaked out under the Heathrow Runway announcement). Please take a few minutes to alert them to this attack on Parliamentary transparency and ask them to vote on this measure.
This is also mentioned on 'Iain Dale's Diary', a political blog -"How you can help persuade MPs to do the right thing"-
Both sites are suggesting you (we) should write to our respective MP to ask them to vote against this suppression of information - if that's what we want.
I'm not particularly politically minded, but I am getting a bit irritated by some things that are happening just now. The one thing I want is for our politicians to remember that they work for us and are accountable to us - the electorate.
Each and every person pays tax in some way or other - even non-earners, including children, buy things that have VAT added. This money goes to the exchequer and is used in part to pay our MPs wages and expenses. I don't fully understand why they think they have the right to keep these details private, more especially when they have introduced so many rules and laws that force ordinary people to give all our personal details to whoever asks - and if we don't we can be fined or even put in prison.
So that's why I've mentioned it on here today - and, if you feel the same way I do, there isn't much time to contact your MP. I have contacted ours, he has told me he will be voting against
the proposed changes.edit
It is reported in - The Times -
and - The Mail -
that "Gordon Brown has imposed a three-line whip to force a move to block full publication of MPs' expenses through the Commons" - this means that Labour MPs who vote against the amendment could face sanctions.update
According to various news website and television broadcasts "Brown backs down on expenses row"
(from BBC News), but he blames opposition parties for withdrawing their support..