The result of the Nature of Harming ‘award’ is as follows:
1st The coalition government 626 votes
2nd The NFU 225 votes
3rd Gamekeepers who break the law 193 votes
Thank you to everyone who voted and even more thanks to all who commented on the poll. The victor wasn’t really in doubt from Day 1, but it must be nice for politicians to get an overall majority in something (but George Galloway seems to know how to do it).
I am sure that you 1044 wise voters got it right. However bad it is to break wildlife law, and it is bad, this affects a small number of species. And however anti-environmental the ‘leaders’ of the farming community are, and I believe that they are, and however dire the state of farmland wildlife, and it is dire indeed, the NFU is at heart a union which we can’t necessarily expect to be anything other than selfish about the narrow economic interests of its members. But the government, the government is to a large extent responsible for public environmental goods and its record is closer to the ungreenest government ever than the greenest.
However, just as the owners of shooting estates get the gamekeepers that they choose (and therefore should carry some of the can if they stray from the straight and narrow) and just as farmers get the NFU that they elect (and therefore can’t really say ‘it wasn’t us’ when senior NFU folk spout nonsense) nor can we all regard ourselves as separate from the government of the day – we voted them in.
So my challenge to us all – me included – is what will we do (at least the 60% of us [me too!] who voted for the coalition government in the Nature of Harming ‘award’) before the next general election to try to get a greener more wildlife-friendly government in place next time around? Don’t act like you are a victim – you are a player.
And I have several ideas for future polls so watch this space or make a suggestion.
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