In Prime Minister’s Question Time on Wednesday the Prime Minister said that he wants all government departments to be departments for growth. The Agriculture Department should be promoting British food, apparently.
Sounds like a good idea perhaps, except you don’t have an Agriculture Department PM – you don’t even have a department with agriculture in its title. Maybe you were thinking, briefly and inaccurately of your Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Or maybe the PM of the ‘greenest government ever’ cannot any longer think of the environment, talk of the environment or bother with the environment?
Surely it would have been better to wait a while before announcing the knighthoods for a bunch of sacked Ministers including Jim Paice. This blog feels glad for Jim and his very witty and amusing wife but feels that it would have looked more like an honour and less like an integral part of a compensation pckage if there had been a few weeks delay. It must be good news for the thousands of Defra civil servants, NE and EA staff and the members of various now-extinct quangos that they will, no doubt, soon be offered honours beyond their dreams for facing complete loss of their jobs rather than demotion to the back benches. The ‘all shall have honours’ announcement is eagerly awaited.
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