Eight years ago (this Friday), Len and Helen Prior lost their home in Vera, Almería to the bulldozers. The house wasn’t in a national park, nor was it near a road, nor was it on a flood plain. It wasn’t on the beach and it didn’t occupy a spot of natural beauty. There were a small number of houses – still extant today – surrounding it. Why did the Junta de Andalucía chose this house to demolish? How much income for Almería was lost, how many jobs were never created, and why are the ecologists still attempting to destroy the province through ill-conceived idiocies? Confiscating and killing many of our local tortoises; uprooting the pita trees outside Almería, failing to protect the chumbo cactus; failing to deal with - or even criticise - the invernadero menace to the water table and the subsoil; keeping quiet about the Monsanto plantation outside Almería; calling for the dry river-beds to be left uncleared – causing occasional flood damage. The same with dry bushes in the hills – causing occasional wild-fire damage; ignoring the Carboneras power station run by Endesa that accounts for 25% of all CO2 production in Andalucía, yet fighting to have a ruined hotel pulled down in the same town; failing – even – to maintain their own park outside Almería, the Parque Botánico El Boticario (built with Feder European funds, then simply abandoned by ‘Medio Ambiente’). But, we were speaking of the Priors. Helen tells me she still hopes that they will receive some day compensation for the outrage. Eight years living in a garage. Haven’t they suffered enough yet?