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Thursday 31 July 2014

Mears wants return of 1950s values

Ray Mears isn't a fan of litter louts

Ray Mears has called for more discipline in schools, saying Britain has lost its manners.

The TV presenter and wilderness expert, 47, who is fronting a TV series on British wildlife, also criticised "litter louts", "weather whingers" and "country-phobes" in an interview with the Radio Times.

He told the magazine: "I really do think we need to bring discipline back into schools.

"I hate to sound like a grumpy, old man ... but we really do need to return to the kind of values we had in this country in the 1950s. Our manners have definitely gone downhill."

Asked about his other dislikes, Ray, who is fronting the new ITV1 series Wild Britain With Ray Mears, added: "I absolutely hate it when I see people throwing cigarette butts out of car windows, or driving through the countryside scattering rubbish.

"It's ugly, isn't it? It disfigures the environment."

He also suggested that people should stop moaning about the weather, because "it is part of the magic of Britain".

"I take pleasure in noticing subtle changes in the weather that occur during the day. I wish people would take more notice of the seasons," he said.

Asked to list his other pet hates, the survival expert, criticised "country-phobes", saying: "People don't recognise the amazing diversity of habitat in this country. Drive for 200 miles and you go through many types of countryside."

He said that "concrete" was being poured "far too readily over the countryside", adding: "We should make an attempt to live alongside wildlife. It's good for us and makes us feel less disaffected."

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