The coalition mid-term review hardly mentions the environment in any meaningful way.
There are a few poor jokes – the two mentions of ‘greenest government ever’, the promise to protect the marine environment with protected areas, the continuing obsession with a badger cull rather than control of bovine TB and closing an ash door after Chalara has bolted (but tree planting is still on the agenda). Rather surprisingly there are only three mentions of farmers.
Can you find anything more positive to say about it?
Defra has no useful momentum – it is a Department which is parked. Unfortunately it is parked on a slope and nobody remembered to put on the hand brake so it is slowly rolling backwards.
Since David Cameron and Nick Who? have kept saying they are half way through this coalition government they seem to be planning to stay until September 2015 since they have had 32 months together so far. This is the same attention to mathematical detail that we have come to expect from Gideon Osborne too. But just as the days are now lengthening, and we are heading towards the glorious summer that we are owed, we are also only 28 months away from a General Election where there is a chance, only a chance, that the environment might be better served.
By the way, has Defra Minister David Heath done anything since arriving in Smith Square? He doesn’t like meeting NGOs from what I hear and I can’t find any trace of him making a speech on the Defra website. The LibDems could hide behind their lack of Ministers at Defra in the past but now they have a Minister is there any sign of an impact? Not that I can see – can you?
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