Wouldn’t it be terrible if the GWCT went bust? In a recent letter to supporters, who clearly aren’t being supportive enough, Teresa Dent has told them that GWCT has a hole in its finances. Well, who would have thought it? Anyone would have thought that there was a global financial and health crisis…
Maybe the Duke of Westminster could find some change down the back of the sofa for them – poor old things. If not, a whip round the trustees would plug a few gaps with Richard Benyon worth £130m according to the Sunday Times rich list.
Richard Negus says that the GWCT is admired by shooters and non-shooters alike so there won’t be any problem raising the money. Maybe a polite enquiry of the RSPB’s membership would do it – a quid each and that first £1m would be in the bag.
If that was what Sir James Paice was aiming for in this ‘blog’ then it might not deliver the goods. I quite like grumpy Sir James but surely it was Andrew Gilruth (on one of his four days a week?) that must have written this? The RSPB is neutral on the ethics of legitimate field sports but that doesn’t mean that it has to say how great the vast numbers of Pheasants infesting the countrysuide are. I thought Pat Thompson played it straight down the line on More or Less. I hope he gets a massive pay rise for getting a reaction out of the very sensitive GWCT. I expect GWCT has written to the RSPB telling them off.
I’m pretty sure that my kids won’t be looking at the GWCT suggestions of presents for Fathers Day but if they are then I certainly don’t need any more gun oil for a while, nor a book called The Knowledge (which I assume is for GWCT’s many London taxi driver members – I had that Philip Astor in the back of my cab once! Who?) nor another copy of the excellent Wilding (cheaper on Amazon and at Waterstones, I see).
The GWCT has lost its way. It wants to be regarded as the scientific force that once it was but it doesn’t have the leadership to do it – spot the scientist amongst its trustees! As rare as Hen Harriers on driven grouse moors. And it wants to be a campaigning organisation but BASC is actually very irritatingly miles better. So what is the point of it any more? Competition for money from the landed is pretty tight and, I’ve said it before, the last thing that shooting needs is the facts being told straight – that’ll see the end of shooting as we know it. GWCT has been left behind by other shooting organisations and left alone by those in nature conservation that once rather admired it, on a good day.
I think that GWCT share price is in terminal decline.