It is a splenetic piece of writing which accuses just about everyone except grouse moor managers of being in it for the money. Environmentalists talk up climate change so that their mates can make money from green energy apparently, thinks the coal-mine owning Viscount Ridley. According to The Times, clean air is a vested interest too!
It’s a very sloppy and quite unpleasant piece of writing. It was directed towards the new Defra secretary, Michael Gove and seems to be Ridley’s version of his brother-in-law’s (Owen Paterson’s) outburst about the green blob when Paterson was booted out of the job. This ad hominem attack on environmentalists is rather shocking – but those seem to be the times we are living in, or at least in which The Times is living.
Here’s a little quiz about the not so talented Viscount Ridley’s writing about grouse moors: a) which of these things has Viscount Ridley written and b) which is true?
- there are lots of Hen Harriers nesting on grouse moors
- there are no Hen Harriers in Wales
- there is a grouse moor in the north of England dripping with breeding waders
a) all of them
b) not 1, not 2 and who knows about 3 because Ridley wouldn’t disclose either the location of the estate or the data, if any exist, on which this claim was made
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