Paul, this isnt about metal detecting as you well know!
This is about public support for an extremely useful public facility, which
is not just being supported by metal detectorists at all, we are just one
group putting our names to fight action that will be without doubt a huge
folly and yet again the lose of something uniquely British that is current
held up as a shining example to the rest of the world.
The CBA itself has come out in support of the PAS, as have 23 MPs to date:
An E petition in support of the PAS is also currently running, some of the
names make interesting reading too:
There is no wrong end of the stick Paul, if one takes a step back as you
suggest then the clarity of Mr Clares intentions are apparent to all, as you
well know.... the effective end of the PAS!
The PAS has become so much more than a public outreach facility, it has
hundreds of thousands of recordings of finds being used daily for research
to its credit, as well its ongoing policing duties of eBay and the like, to
name but a few of its current duties.
If Mr Clare wishes to enhance the outreach capabilities of the PAS then give
the assets to do so, do not strip away what has already been achieved, this
will only result in the waste of millions of tax payers money, a waste of 10
years of hard graft and leave us with a shadow of what the PAS has been or
Not good enough Paul, not good enough at all.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Barford" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 6:51 PM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Save the PAS
> Steve Burch writes:
>> Good grief Paul, that is just the stock bulk standard reply > that Mr
>> Clare has sent out to anyone who has contacted him.<
> So are you saying that makes it any the less true?
> Perhaps its the "metal detectorists" and their supporters who have
> actually got the wrong end of the stick in their discussions of what they
> "think" this all means for their hobby. Take a step back and look again.
> Let us embrace the idea of a fresh review which steps aside from the
> well-worn path of the MLA's old Hawkshead Review and the later derivative
> "user survey" and find out and then discuss what the PAS really has to
> offer within the new programmes being set up in terms of archaeological
> outreach to all fifty odd million members of the English and Welsh public,
> and not just a few thousand portable antiquity collectors.
> Paul Barford