The fact of the matter/the truth of the matter?

Definition of ’the fact of the matter/the truth of the matter’

phrase You use the fact of the matter is or the truth of the matter is to introduce a fact which supports what you are saying or which is not widely known, for example because it is a secret.

The fact of the matter is that most people consume far more protein than they actually need. The truth of the matter is that he was having an identity crisis when he met Carina. See full dictionary entry for matter

COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

Just heard this evening that the wildife investigation is still continuing with Network rail and they have still provided no evidence of what they have done, whilst also accepting no guilt for the actions that they have taken. They are now claiming that a native species of caterpillar infestation has resulted in them having to cut down a long swath of scrub along the embankment admiting no guilt for the removal of any nesting sites that were cut down in the process.

Brown-tail caterpillar - Euproctis chrysorrhoea | Brown-tail… | Flickr
The native brown tail moth caterpillar they are now blaiming as the reson for cutting back and removing the nests.

My response to the Police was as follows

Thank you for your email, I am pleased that you will be able to find out who actually identified and approved this work and how network rail were made aware that it was needed to be undertaken. I did not realise that this native species to the UK could be such a threat on railway lines and that network rail were actively cleaning tracks because of this. When I spoke to the network rail staff that I saw on the first day that they were doing the cutting, they only said they were clearing brambles to make the pavements for pedestrians clearer, they must be so modest to not say there true intention to me to be carry out such important work.

Such a shame that whoever found the infestation did not take a photo to so as to warn others of this potential infestation of caterpillars; it must have been such a large amount of caterpillars to remove so much of the embankment? I assume the council only becomes aware of what was happening after you informed them and had no prior knowledge of what was going on concerning the cleanup operation.

I am also assuming that they have been given permission to remove birds nest if caterpillars are in the same section of scrub. Is that correct? 

In summary my two main questions are who informed network rail of this stretch of land being infested by this native species and were they aloud to remove birds’ nests at this time of year because of the caterpillar population along such a long stretch of land?

I am still waiting for a response and evidence of thier actions.

The webs we weave

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.