So Zac Goldsmith, after losing his seat to Sarah Olney, keeps his job in DEFRA by way of the House of Lords.
How do we feel about that? I feel a bit torn because this method of filling posts looks rather open to croneyism of the worst kind – and what is Nicky Morgan doing back at DCMS?
But I’m glad that Zac still has a role to play in government on the environment. I think it says something about the lack of knowledge and understanding on the environment in the Conservative party that this is seen as a necessary move. I notice that according to the Defra website Zac is unpaid – so, a bargain!
My pragmatism and enthusiasm for environmental progress makes me relaxed about this and actually rather relieved that Zac is still around. I hope he doesn’t now disappoint me. But the environment needs all the allies it can get.
The necessary move to make this a more regular situation would be for Lord Gardiner to be moved on to other duties, or perhaps no other duties, so that Zac is doing the DEFRA role in the Upper House too.[registration_form]