Something magical and important is happening in the normally quiet Sussex Tory heartland village of Balcombe. Preconceptions and prejudices are being challenged and broken down, national debate is being provoked, and a clear victory has already been won over Lord Browne’s UK fracking exploration company, Cuadrilla, who have announced the suspension of their drilling operations for a period of six days, while the “Reclaim the Power” climate camp is held nearby.
Yesterday marked the official first day of the camp, although organisers took the field earlier in the week and had already erected a huge marquee and some other key structures the day before, in anticipation of large numbers of supporters in a “swoop” at lunchtime.
Perhaps because of the rain, perhaps because of the drilling suspension, maybe some apathy, or other commitments, the “swoop” turned out to be more of a dribble, and at the appointed time a few…
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