In a bit of a coup, Rob Yorke got an exclusive interview with Michael Gove – I’m almost jealous.
There are some interesting things in the interview – all words dropping out of the mouths of senior politicians are somewhat interesting, as much in what they don’t say as what they do.
But Rob Yorke asked a good question on Hen Harriers and got the most spectacular of non-answers – even for a politician, as follows:
RY: The Hen Harrier Action Plan has recently involved Natural England issuing a trial licence for brood management. It’s a complex subject for many people. Could the Government help frame this contentious issue?
MG: Yes. I think that there is a role for Government but also more broadly the DEFRA family. We’re very lucky in this department to have people who have chosen to work here because the issues the department deals with are issues that they deeply care about. So one of the things I want to be able to do is to provide them with a platform to make a difference.
More on brood meddling tomorrow morning…