George Monbiot’s article in today’s Guardian reinforces the view that Defra has sunk to about as low as it can get. He points out that Defra announced the impacts of NOx pollution on human mortality and a consultation on how to fix it on the Saturday just before the media were swamped with the news of Jeremy Corbyn’s lection to the Labour leadership. Talk about hiding bad news!
Here is the link to the consultation and I suggest that we respond to it – though I might have to phone a friend to discover the best and cleverest things to say.
It is so easy to list Defra’s failures as an environment department – so let’s do it (although some will escape me, I’m sure):
- siding with prejudice and the NFU rather than with science over badger culls
- siding with agri-business rather than science over neonicotinoids
- siding with the indolence rather than science and activity over marine protected areas
- siding with its mates rather than the law over raptor persecution
- siding with indolence rather than the public good over air pollution
- siding with indolence rather than public and wildlife health over lead ammunition
- siding with its mates rather than environmental protection and climate change over burning of blanket bogs
- siding with developers rather than environmental protection over notifications and planning
You’ll be able to think of many more.
But what would you say is Defra’s greatest environmental achievement since May 2010?