Owen Paterson is keen on showing people photographs of himself with dead squirrels and Richard Benyon is the richest MP in Parliament, but David Heath is completely invisible. That’s Defra for you.
The last Labour government came to ‘power’ in 1997, and by autumn 2000 it had enacted the CROW Act which widened the right to roam and greatly improved the management of Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
The current Conservative (with a few invisible Liberals) government came into ‘power’ in 2010 and has not enacted any legislation that helps UK wildlife.
Furthermore, it has failed to implement the Marine Act (which it supported when in opposition) and is laughably inept in its position on marine conservation zones. It has failed significantly to improve the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy so that it delivers for taxpayers and/or wildlife, and it hasn’t even killed a badger for the farmers it promised some action (and more importantly it hasn’t done any much to reduce the incidence of bovine tuberculosis). It doesn’t know what it is doing on forestry.
What would you say – hopeless or completely hopeless?