I’ve been asked to take part in a Game Fair ‘debate’ a month today – and I’ve said yes. I am clearly the token leftie on the panel whose other members are Owen Paterson MP (the former Secretary of State at Defra), Philip Merricks (Chair of the Hawk and Owl Trust) and Ian Coghill (Chair of the Game (and Wildlife) Conservation ‘Trust’.
The subject that we are ‘debating’ is ‘Landowners and Wildlife: Friends or Foes?’. I really can’t see that there is anything controversial there. I’ll probably just sit back and let the other three agree with each other!
The fact that this event takes place the day after the publication of Inglorious- conflict in the uplands, which sets out the case for banning driven grouse shooting, makes it all the more fun. Will my fellow panellists have been up all night choosing their favourite bits from the book? Will I be asked to sign copies as a memento of the Game Fair?
This year the Game Fair is at Harewood House, near Leeds. It would be nice to see a friendly face in the audience.