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Monthly Archives: October 2013
Toffs in the Cabinet?
“toppers all round chaps” Have you been following the “toff” debate on Mark Avery’s blog ? Mark called Richard Benyon a “Toff” and suggested that many of the decisions he took as Biodiversity and Fisheries Minister were coloured by his … Continue reading
Posted in the cabinet Tagged BBC, Cabinet Ministers, Cambridge, Mark Avery, Oxbridge, Oxford, Richard Benyon, Toff, William Hague 10 Comments
Paterson: Badgers ate my credibility
By BadgerHero (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons “It woz the badgers wot dunnit ossifer, honest.” It’s embarrassing isn’t it, when a Cabinet Minister appears on national TV and makes such crass statements. Owen Paterson … Continue reading
Posted in agricultural pests, agriculture, anti conservation rhetoric, anti-environmental rhetoric, badgers, David Heath, environmental policy, farming, George Eustice, Owen Paterson, Richard Benyon Tagged anti environmental rhetoric, Badger culling in the United Kingdom, Conservative Party, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, John Gummer, Owen Paterson, Somerset, Wikimedia Commons Leave a comment
Heath gone too!
My previous post was already dated when I wrote it. I now see David Heath has also been axed, replaced by another SW Lib Dem Dan Rogerson. According to Farmers Weekly, it’s still unclear which new MP will take on … Continue reading
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Bye Bye Benyon
So Richard Benyon, Biodiversity and Fisheries Minister, has gone. One of the innocents sent for sacrificial slaughter yesterday in the first reshuffle run almost completely on Twitter. Benyon had done nothing wrong, he was just too old and too rich. … Continue reading
Posted in bees, biodiversity, climate change, farming, George Eustice, Richard Benyon Tagged Bees, biodiversity, Cameron, David Cameron, Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, Liberal Democrat, Richard Benyon, Twitter 1 Comment
Party Time 2: Owen Paterson’s Speech at the Tory Party Conference
I don’t have time to write an analysis of Owen Paterson’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, but you can read it here. I’ll try and take a look at it this evening. At a fringe meeting Paterson also appeared … Continue reading
Posted in agriculture, Common Agricultural Policy, Conservative Party Conference, farming, Owen Paterson Tagged Agriculture, Conservative, Conservative conference, George Osborne, Global warming, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, National Farmers' Union, Owen Paterson, Paterson, Politics Leave a comment