I was in Cley last night so I didn’t see the Channel 4 news. This interesting piece (wildlife protection to be watered down?), with Stanley Johnson (sire of Boris etc, and author of the Habitats Directive (see p88 of Fighting for Birds)), is worrying.
It may be simply a language thing, although the Dutch are rather better at English than we are at Dutch (and than many of us are at English), but the Dutch MEP does say that Defra minister, Rory Stewart, told him that we, the UK, that’s you and me, were asking for a review of the Birds Directive and Habitat Directive. Really? Why? Not in my name…
Wouldn’t it be odd if the UK government were lobbying for change when the UK public provided a huge number of responses to the EU saying that the directives were generally working rather well? That would be odd – oddly undemocratic considering there was no mention of this in the Conservative election manifesto.
I’ll be writing to my MP asking him to ask Defra to clarify the UK position, and for him to clarify the Conservative Party position, and for him to tell me his own position on the matter. You could do the same.