Not a great deal of MP action this week.
I had a letter from my own MP (dated 23 October) in response to my email to him (8 October) saying that ‘In order to ensure that Ministers are aware of your concerns and to provide you with an official and fully informed response’ … ‘I have today written to the Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, asking him to review your concerns and let me have his thoughts‘.
That is how this game plays out. Let me predict what happens next: in a few weeks I will be sent a brief and inadequate response from Therese Coffey. I will then write back to my MP.
Most people, however motivated about the environment, drop out at some point in this process feeling that they aren’t getting anywhere. I won’t let this go very easily, and Michael Gove still hasn’t agreed to meet Chris Packham to discuss the Manifesto for Wildlife.