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In a stunning about-face the National Trust has today announced in the press it will now fight against all damage to Stonehenge:

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“We have been clear throughout the process to date that we would oppose any proposal that would damage Stonehenge or its setting.”

Paul Forecast Regional Director for the National Trust said: Stonehenge sits is one of the most widely recognised places cared for by the National Trust. It is admired for its breath-taking scale and unrivalled in its dramatic views. The landscape here provides a home for a huge variety of wildlife and offers a much-loved place for both the local community and visitors from further afield to explore.

“Whilst we recognise the need for improved public transport, we are clear that we will oppose any scheme that will irreparably damage such a wonderful place when alternatives are available. We will continue to actively work with all those involved to ensure that the special nature of this part of the country and the places we look after are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.”


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The above is true and verbatim (it’s here) except for the fact it doesn’t say Stonehenge, it says Wimpole Hall,  a National Trust stately home in Cambridgeshire. What more vivid illustration could there be of the hapless, rudderless state of the Trust – when it can fight so hard for one place yet support massive, immortal, avoidable damage to a far more important one?

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