No change at DEFRA

It could almost be the dead hand of Therese Coffey living on… It is, of course, wonderful that Rebecca Pow is the Species Champion for the Snipe (because of the Somerset Levels population in her constituency) but she is also a block on progress on raptor persecution and is the Minister in charge of Badger…

Election watch (12) – an important, albeit dull, sentence

The Labour manifesto contains this sentence, We will maintain and continuously improve the existing EU standards of environmental regulation. A Green Industrial Revolution. Environment. This promise does not appear to be hedged around (although hedges are of course good things). So I am taking this to mean that, if elected, a Labour government would seek…

Poor Field craftiness

There is a somewhat formulaic method by which the shooting press refer to Wild Justice. First of all, they hardly ever mention Ruth Tingay who is an integral and equal partner in Wild Justice alongside Chris and me. I wonder why they so often do this – it’s usually a man writing, maybe they just…

Election watch (11) – leaving parliament

In the excitement over who might be elected or re-elected to the Westminster parliament on 12 December we should just note those former MPs who are not standing for re-election. There are quite a lot of them – 76 in all. This includes four former DEFRA ministers: Caroline Spelman (a good Secretary of State), Richard…