Christ on a bike, how many times do we have to banish this demon before it finally stays down?
The Western Daily Press recently ran an article claiming that circle numbers were down to an all-time low due to circle maker protest. Consisting chiefly of an interview with Matthew Williams, it regurgitates all the tired bull debunked in the past. The article has since been removed – I suspect due to Monique Klinkenbergh protesting and the Western Daily Press realising they’d run little more than an opinion piece- but you can read it below. You may need to enlarge the image to read the text, depending on your browser/device, but it’s all there.
Williams has been coming out with this stuff for over a year. There is no boycott. There never was, outside the minds of Williams and his RACCF chums. Circles numbers have been steadily declining for a while, as makers retire and any would-be newcomers no doubt look at the sorry state of the scene at present and think “bugger that for a game of soldiers”. Some have also chosen to work more locally, rather than hammer the same handful of Wiltshire farmers year after year, which can only be a bonus and indeed was how things always were until +/- ten years ago, but neither of these factors amounts to anything approaching a ‘boycott’. Lest you think this is just my opinion, let’s look at what Williams actually says.
“By this time in a year, you would expect there to have been at least 40 formations in the area. But we’ve had just two this year. The circlemakers are angry that someone is trying to cash in on something they do for free and for a laugh.”
If this were the case, a simple look at the number of circles this year compared to previous years should prove it.
Here are the total numbers of circles up to the end of May in the UK since 2005 for comparison (figures courtesy of The Croppie). Total in Wilts is first (since Williams did specify Wilts), followed by totals for the UK:
2015 – 2 (4)
2014 – 1 (4)
2013 – 0 (0)
2012 – 4 (5)
2011 – 8 (11)
2010 – 6 (6)
2009 – 14 (15)
2008 – 4 (5)
2007 – 7 (8)
2006 – 0 (2)
2005 – 2 (9)
As you’ll see, none of these years had anything like 40 circles – it’s barely more than 40 over ten years. Allowing for a general decline in circles numbers since the end of the last decade, and the fact that due to weather conditions and other factors some seasons start later than others, there’s nothing particularly remarkable about these numbers (of minor note is a rising spike from 2007, peaking in 2009 and then declining – anybody with an actual insider knowledge of the Wilts scene will know the reason for this, but it is irrelevant for the purposes of this debate).
What else does Williams have to say?
“The farmers are cutting out circles faster than every [sic] before as well, because they don’t want the hassle of bus-loads of tourists traipsing around their land.” – Williams knows – or at least should know – that the reason farmers are cutting circles is nothing of the sort. What is the reason? I’ll be covering that in a future article.
“It’s a shame, but the whole crop circle industry is dying around here now, thanks to other people’s greed.” – There are many reasons for said decline, but “other people’s greed” isn’t one of them. Aside from Williams and RACCF, nobody cares.It’s become an utter obsession for them.
Following the article’s removal, Williams’ next RACCF post saw him rolling around in his cot screaming and tossing his toys around :-
“100% opinion”? You ain’t wrong there… Note also the ‘just plucked this out of my arse’ last paragraph. There are no such ‘rumours’. He’s trying to scare circlemakers out of making circles, knowing they don’t care about his alleged ‘boycott’, because he doesn’t want there to be any circles.
Face it, guys, there ain’t no boycott. That’s your fantasy, supported only by a couple of your friends. Most circlemakers thinks it’s nonsense, and no amount of threats and circle vandalism will change that.