I wrote to my MP asking him to pass on my approval of what George Eustice, the agriculture minister, said about funding for grouse moors in his remarks at the Oxford Farming Conference.
Here is the reply. It doesn’t say that much, but MPs, ministers, in fact all of us, like being told that we are right! And it tends to reinforce our views.
There are no commitments in the letter – I didn’t ask for any and wouldn’t expect to get any. The Green Papers (which arguably ought to have been a single one) are about to be published (as they have been for months) and they will make interesting reading. But not just reading, I will be encouraging all of you to make your views known about the future of the countryside.