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The Trust is supporting the removal of Turner’s iconic view of the stones from countless millions of travellers forever. They’ve never defended that loss, and can’t – for their central mantra is caring for special places forever, for everyone.

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And their role hasn’t been just “supporting”: the Government says it has been “pivotal”. Yet now they’ve paid lot of money to own and protect another iconic Turner view, the subject of his famous painting, “Crummock Water Looking Towards Buttermere”.

According to their spokeswoman it’s the first time in recent memory the Trust “has bought a site specifically for its vista”. So £202,000 to save one iconic view while spending huge sums of money campaigning to hide an even greater one! By what measure is that a rational or principled stance?

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