But I was glad to hear that in the middle of central England, Ms Prentis had had more letters against driven grouse shooting than in favour of it. Although she describes grouse shooting as an animal rights issue (c13 minutes in) which it partly is, but it’s rather more than that encompassing wildlife law (the breaking of), carbon emissions, increased flood risk and water quality as well as the very simple question of biodiversity value.
The sound quality is poor, which on the whole is a bit of a relief, but Ms Prentis is very clear on the fact that she thinks that rewilding is an evil (26 mins in).
She also said that she doesn’t want vegetarianism to be mainstream (15 minutes in) but had to backtrack on that when asked a question from the audience. It’s interesting that she prefers to eat animals whose names she knows.
There is no interview process for becoming a government minister but if there were, then hers would have looked a bit like this, I think.
Poor old Tim Bonner is very forgetful – he persists in thinking that his opponents are townies (they aren’t) and his supporters are real country people (they aren’t), at least not when it comes to grouse shooting and quite probably not on other issues either.