How interesting that the meat buyer for M&S, Tom Harvey, is, in his own words ‘a massive fan of anything shooting/game or wine related‘ according to his Twitter account. There is nothing wrong with that, of course. If he’d like to buy me a glass of decent Rioja then I’d be very happy to talk to him about M&S’s procurement policy on grouse.
Interesting though that the M&S Chief Exec and their meat buyer both like to shoot.
So, not much excuse for any lack of knowledge of the right questions to ask about hen harriers, lead and general management of grouse moors supplying M&S with game, then.
If you have any doubt about M&S’s meat buyer’s keenness on shooting then read this piece in the Independent.
All the more reason to ask some questions of M&S in their live Twitter Q&A at 1pm on @marksandspencer #AskRosie (I do hope Rosie puts some clothes on or she’ll catch her death).
@marksandspencer Please reveal the names of the estates supplying you with red grouse #AskRosie
@marksandspencer How did you check that your suppliers do not kill protected wildlife? #AskRosie
@marksandspencer Will any lead-shot grouse be labelled with a health warning? #AskRosie
@marksandspencer What steps have you taken to check that your suppliers are wildlife friendly? #AskRosie
@marksandspencer Which wildlife and health experts did you consult before deciding to sell lead-shot grouse? #AskRosie
Will M&S respond or continue to keep blanking any discussion of this matter on Twitter? Many of us would like some answers please.
The silence is difficult to interpret – guilt? arrogance? bemusement? ignorance? or just out shooting?
Although, at the moment (look out for the tired old joke coming up next), they are shooting themselves in the feet.