Indeed, I think we were talking, in a friendly way, about how Mr Wiggin’s constituents were flocking to the cause of banning driven grouse shooting. Or maybe we were just talking about one of his constituents, whom I know well, who keeps putting Bill on the spot on this subject.
Bill’s, parting riposte, said in good humour and with a smile on his face, was that I should find something more useful to do. My reply, with an even broader smile (I hope) was that he should do the same.
And then I checked my phone and the e-petition was on 18,003 signatures. The next person to talk to me was an official from Defra with whom I shared the good news that the people were speaking and telling Defra what they should do – ban driven grouse shooting.
And, already, the e-petition is much closer to 19,000 than 18,000.[registration_form]