It’s party conference time. Needless to say the environment has not featured prominently among the headlines. But here’s Mary Creagh’s speech.
It’s a bit heavy on the affordable food message, but at least a Labour Government would drop the Badger Cull. It’s worth noting that the previous Labour Govt were moving towards the cull, so that is good news.
There is little about the continuing biodiversity crisis, but good news about more Marine Conservation Zones – though see Dave Dunlop’s comment- he remains unconvinced..
There is also a clear message that The Coalition’s Red Tape Challenge to cut regulation will be abandoned. Though again the last Labour Government were also keen on cutting regulation or at least ignoring it – as I found during 5 years of trying to get them to effectively implement the EIA Directive for agriculture.
In fact, Labour have a relatively easy time on the environment at the moment as all they have to do is show how much better they would be than the Coalition. Let’s face it they could do nothing and still achieve this, so it’s an incredibly low bar to get over.
Only concerted pressure between now and when the manifesto is written will see anything positive on the environment from Labour, other than them abandoning some of the most destructive Government environment policies and positions we have seen in decades.