I’ve never used an autocue but they can work out a bit badly. I’m pretty sure that Michael Gove said in his speech something about saving the environment from a Conservative government. Well, maybe he said something about how there is lots of action, to save the environment, from a Conservative government. Maybe the autocue didn’t have the commas in the right places.
There was an announcement – Gove is going to try to reduce food waste.
This wasn’t Gove’s best speech but it went down quite well with the assembled throng although they didn’t look as interested in the bits about saving the environment as they did about slagging off the Labour Party.
There wasn’t much new or exciting in the speech; animals are nice, the seas are nice, foreign wildlife crime is nasty, farmers are nice, Tories are nice, his colleagues are nice, Defra civil servants are nice, trees are nice, Labour is nasty. The most contentious part of the speech was that Defra agencies are nice.
Reading between the lines; animals are nice (except Badgers and birds of prey), the seas are nice (particularly if they are a long way away), foreign wildlife crime is nasty (but that on our doorstep is not worthy of our attention), farmers are nice (and if I say so they might not notice I’m going to be removing much of their finance), Tories are nice (I might be your leader one day), his colleagues are nice (I really might be your leader quite soon), Defra civil servants are nice (please don’t cock anything up before I get another job – I might be leader you know), trees are nice (we’ve got one as our logo, remember?), Labour is nasty (I could take on that Jeremy Corbyn after Brexit), fishermen are nice (I’m not the usual type of Tory remember).
Interesting that Greenpeace released this news today – showing that SSSIs are not being monitored properly by Natural England (Defra agencies are nice you know?) and not being managed properly by landowners because all pretence at enforcing environmental law seems to have disappeared.
The obligation to manage protected sites properly was introduced by the last Labout Government in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and is being left to decay by the current government. I’ll come back to this matter later in the week. Well done Greenpeace, not so good Mr Gove.