Just saying one last time…

Thurs 16 April Copy

See Inglorious (pp 233-235) and Fighting for Birds (pp 196-203).

You could write to your MP about the debate on driven grouse shooting today (see here).

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4 Replies to “Just saying one last time…”

  1. I did, I did! Slight struggle, but Emily Thornberry had not replied to my last letter, either because I did not ask her a direct question (silly me) or because she was too busy tweeting about being on her way to GCHQ for a security briefing. Unfair maybe, but if a senior member of the shadow cabinet thinks juvenile tweets on what a jolly jape is a visit to Cheltenham (other than for horses of course) it does make you wonder. So another letter seemed appropriate.

    Anyway, given that she had shown a slight personal interest in a couple of earlier responses, I thought it worth reinforcing some points. Who knows how they will land. But, to state the obvious, there are some easy pickings for the official opposition here. Not too much effort required to demolish the government position. All they need to do is read the brief and deliver. Failure on this, well what are they worth on anything?

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  2. Any readers of this blog havong any luck with the SNP?

    My SNP MP was going to speak, and even met with me at her office. Then she pulled out. She suggested a substitute MP, who has denied that she was ever planning to speak. I'm now getting no response to my emails and they don't seem interested at all. Have cc'd Angus Robertson (SNP leader at Westminster).

    SNP not giving a toss about actual issues people care about. What a surprise.

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  3. Mark et al, here is the reply I got from my MP. Better than some I'm sure but a bit of a cop out!
    Thank you for contacting me about grouse shooting.
    Let me say first of all that I am an animal lover and as such I do not personally support, and would not seek to encourage, the sport of grouse shooting.
    I am especially concerned about the illegal persecution of raptors and I would encourage anyone with information about it to report what they know to the authorities. I believe that the Government's commitment to tackling wildlife crime was highlighted by its decision to fund the UK's specialist National Wildlife Crime Unit fully until at least 2020.
    One encouraging sign is that the vast majority of grouse moors that are sites of special scientific interest are now in favourable or recovering condition, whereas only around half were in that state in 2006. This reflects growing awareness among moorland managers of the importance and sensitivity of upland biodiversity. I hope this improvement in land managers' sensitivity to these issues will continue.
    Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the debate but rest assured that I will continue to do what I can to ensure animal welfare is promoted.
    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
    With all best wishes,
    Yours sincerely,
    Here is the reply
    Sir David Amess MP
    [Sir David Amess MP]
    [Member of Parliament for Southend West]

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    1. I would have expected an even more favourable response as he is a named supporter on the LACS website.

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