Mike Smith (Illustrator)


Get off my land, but I'll take your subsidy thanks.


  1. Posted October 13, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    As Robert Newman puts it:
    It’s our land, taken from us by theft, murder and the clever use of hedges.

  2. Posted October 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Ha! I like that. I’m also reminded of a Mike Harding joke:
    A rambler is walking over a mountain and a landowner comes out shouting: “oi! Get off my land!”
    “Your land?”
    “Yes my land.”
    “And how come you own it?”
    “Because I inherited it from my father, who inherited it from his father, who inherited it from his father.”
    “And how did he get it?”
    “Well, he fought for it.”
    “OK then, take your coat off, I’ll fight you for it now.”

  3. Posted October 18, 2010 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    It’s so crazy…as if you’re doing any harm! I think you should dress up as fox hunters…then you’d be welcome. x

  4. Alf
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    What happened to “Freedom to roam” ?

  5. melissa
    Posted October 24, 2010 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Just to balance it out a little (it may help?!) I live on a farm of 900acres. My landlord/boss is actually very kind. He allows us all (villagers/dog walkers and the likes) to walk across his land. cropped and cattled. He has even opened up new paths and has placed old logs/tree’s for seats at points of interest, nice views etc. If only all landowners could take a leaf out of his book!

  6. Posted October 29, 2010 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Sounds like you have a very enlightened landlord, Melissa.
    The sad thing is, I don’t have any objection to people owning and making use of the land, but when they’re unfriendly too, it turns me into a raving Marxist. If they were just nice and accommodating, we could get along fine. One thing they forget (because there are such vast amounts of land separating us) is that they are our neighbours.