In my view: Zac Goldsmith MP

Zac Goldsmith MP

Zac Goldsmith MP

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Im My View: Zac Goldsmith MP

I want to use my inaugural column to promote beekeeping.

The ordered, civilised and mystical world of bees is about as far from the corridors of compromise and power as it is possible to be, but my instruction was to avoid politics, so I will.

I used to keep bees and it is not always easy.

When I set off to harvest my first-ever honey crop, dressed in the white bee suit, with a friend who had kept bees for decades, a single bee found its way through a hole in the netting protecting my head.

It stung me, sent out a signal (I assume) and was followed by dozens of its colleagues.

But it did not put me off. On the contrary, I will keep bees again and encourage everyone to do the same. Bee numbers have plummeted in recent years and we need a beekeeping revival.

Earlier this week, conservationists reintroduced the short-haired bumblebee to the south of England after 25 years of extinction – good news for us all.

Bees are essential to the environment and help as many as 85 per cent of the world’s plants reproduce.

In addition, we rely on them to pollinate about a third of our food supply, at an estimated retail value of £1bn a year.

Fortunately, there are signs the revival is happening. Here in Kingston, the Mosque has new hives, as does the Kingston Environment Centre and Kingston University.

Assuming they have two hives each – that means these three organisations alone have provided homes for more than 100,000 bees.

Anyone can help reverse the collapse in the bee population and if you can persuade your school or organisations to follow the mosque’s example, you will be doing an enormous service to our economy, nature and – if you like honey – you will be directly rewarded.

If you want to know more, visit kingstonbeekeepers.

org.uk, or the Bumblebee Conservation Trust at bumblebeeconservation.org.

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8:15am Sun 3 Jun 12

N crew says...

What a shame, Mr Goldsmith, that you didn't choose your inaugural column to talk about the issue of kingston's escalating secondary schools crisis. One would have thought it would have been the perfect opportunity for you to raise awareness of the epetition and parents campaign. Don't get me wrong, I like bees, but what a wasted opportunity to help the council secure the £25-30 million needed urgently for a new school. I really hope you will use your column to takle issues residents really care about.
What a shame, Mr Goldsmith, that you didn't choose your inaugural column to talk about the issue of kingston's escalating secondary schools crisis. One would have thought it would have been the perfect opportunity for you to raise awareness of the epetition and parents campaign. Don't get me wrong, I like bees, but what a wasted opportunity to help the council secure the £25-30 million needed urgently for a new school. I really hope you will use your column to takle issues residents really care about. N crew
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11:47am Sun 3 Jun 12

Alex Thomas says...

Are you serious? Nice way to keep your finger on the pulse, Zac!
Are you serious? Nice way to keep your finger on the pulse, Zac! Alex Thomas
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5:56pm Sun 3 Jun 12

Beverly RA says...

N Crew, you should know that the lib Dems run Kingston and have made a right old mess of it, get onto Ed Davey, it's his lot that have messed it up.
N Crew, you should know that the lib Dems run Kingston and have made a right old mess of it, get onto Ed Davey, it's his lot that have messed it up. Beverly RA
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9:53pm Sun 3 Jun 12

N crew says...

Thanks Beverly, were on the case! Please sign the petition if you like? Since mr goldsmith has been made aware of new campaign, would have been nice if he'd chosen to write about something bit more urgent to boroughs human residents!
Thanks Beverly, were on the case! Please sign the petition if you like? Since mr goldsmith has been made aware of new campaign, would have been nice if he'd chosen to write about something bit more urgent to boroughs human residents! N crew
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5:58am Mon 4 Jun 12

Beverly RA says...

Glad your on the case, I take that to mean you are also chasing the elusive Ed ? Who only seems to put his head above the parapet when there is an election around.
I will sign.
Glad your on the case, I take that to mean you are also chasing the elusive Ed ? Who only seems to put his head above the parapet when there is an election around. I will sign. Beverly RA
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8:17pm Tue 5 Jun 12

N crew says...

Hi Beverley, if you're on facebook please check out Kingston secondary schools action group and like us for updates. Also downloadable letters and contact sheet, and, yes, ed davey is up there and has been contacted! Kingston must have it's own secondary school, it's not an option!
Hi Beverley, if you're on facebook please check out Kingston secondary schools action group and like us for updates. Also downloadable letters and contact sheet, and, yes, ed davey is up there and has been contacted! Kingston must have it's own secondary school, it's not an option! N crew
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10:35pm Tue 5 Jun 12

Foo Bear says...

Not interested - don't want your form of representation - will be glad to see the back of you with boundary reforms.
Not interested - don't want your form of representation - will be glad to see the back of you with boundary reforms. Foo Bear
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10:23am Tue 26 Jun 12

Prince Philip of Greece says...

Why have Beverly and N Crew diverted this into a debate on education policy?

I'm no fan of posh Tories, but I applaud Zac for talking a load of B's...
Why have Beverly and N Crew diverted this into a debate on education policy? I'm no fan of posh Tories, but I applaud Zac for talking a load of B's... Prince Philip of Greece
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