The new EU Environment Commissioner is from Malta (and I’m told is a hunter (does anybody know whether this is true please?), and is certainly a former Tourism Minister) named Karmenu Vella.
His role could have been written by George Osborne – ‘Protecting the environment and maintaining our competitiveness have to go hand-in-hand’.
The new Environment Commission ‘gets’ maritime and fisheries in a new portfolio too.
He has to assess the need to merge the Birds and Habitats Directives – presumably he’ll be in favour of shooting blanket bogs and burning Hen Harriers.
Well, I guess he might be fantastic at the job.
Who would have bet on that?