Yes (from the) Minister!

Rory Stewart
Rory Stewart

Rory Stewart is a new Defra minister and everyone says that he seems his own man and a bright guy. Certainly, he looks like he is a rather different kettle of fish from recent Defra ministers. So I thought that it would be worth the following gambit on Twitter:

@markavery: Minister, if I send u a copy of my book on why we shd ban driven grouse shooting – will you read it? @RoryStewartUK

and, slightly to my surprise, but delight, got the rapid response:

@RoryStewartUK – send it in!

 

So a copy of Inglorious is winging its way to Smith Square right now.

If the minister is reading it, you need to read it too – right?

 

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14 Replies to “Yes (from the) Minister!”

  1. Encouraging! Perhaps you heard him as I did on Weds R4 World at One at c. 1:35. He sounded genuinely engaged with his brief - worth a listen.

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  2. Mark, it only seems fair for you to return the favour and read his excellent 'Occupational hazards'.

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    1. For any Minister to convince me he'd read it, he'd need to be on a panel answering questions about the topic.

      Perhaps I'm not as generous as Mark, because I have lost faith, confidence and definitely trust in the majority of the Westminster bubble. However, surprisingly I do remain an agnostic ....

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  3. Superb! How about offering the same to the CEOs of: NT, Utilities, EA and NE? Maybe even target MPs in grouse moor areas?

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  4. good unashamed plug for your book - I'd expect nothing less! However, he didn't say he would read it. He's probably just got a wobbly desk.

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  5. See also my blog which has encouraging stuff from the Minister about national parks https://campaignerkate.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/national-parks-the-soul-of-britain/
    However, some of the comments are a bit sceptical!

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  6. I am going to indulge in the addictive sport of name-dropping. I know Rory Stewart, whose family live not far from me in Perthshire. You have in him someone who quite often comes out with original, non-stereotyped thoughts. He MIGHT be persuaded to help over issues of upland habitat conservation/raptor conservation. Mark, I am glad to see that it looks as if your book is getting lots of readers.

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    1. Names .... how about actions from Ministers to address illegal acts then we might remember their names?

      Plenty of talk from the politicians but precious little on principles. Ooops, politics & principles .... ? Too busy bailing out bankers or enjoying pay rises to worry about the environment or conservation?

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    2. Well he's had e mails from constituents in Cumbria about the issue and I'd wager he's the sort of guy to be as good as his word and read it for a comprehensive assessment of the issue.
      Watch this space!

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  7. Hi Mark,

    Good that he will read your book. I can recommend one of his: The Places in Between ..get it here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Places-Between-Rory-Stewart/dp/0330486349

    Have a good day on sunday.

    Cheers,

    Robert

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  8. As an addendum to what I wrote two days ago, Rory Stewart COULD turn out to be a useful ally PROVIDED THAT he is not drawn into the brood management/raptor quota camp by those who might try to persuade him that this is the answer to various problems.

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