Monthly Archives: July 2016

Andrea Leadsom: “farming.. is a bedrock of.. the environment”. Err…

New Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom has sent a statement to Farmers Weekly, the farming newspaper. Although the paper has not published the full statement, here are the quotes it uses: “Nothing is more important than the food we … Continue reading

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Theresa May places muzzle on Brexit cheerleader & Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson.

So Stewart Jackson has been given a job in Government (again). Jackson is now on the lowest rung of the Governmental ladder, as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Brexit Minister David Davis. He had previously briefly reached the same position, as … Continue reading

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Stewart continues his journey, and it’s Coffey Time at Defra

We now know which ministers will work with Andrea Leadsom at Defra. Rory Stewart, who was apparently punished by David Cameron for disagreeing with him over Afghanistan, has now been rehabilitated. Having served his time at Defra, he is now … Continue reading

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New head of Defra Andrea Leadsom has already laid out her plans for farm subsidy reform.

The dust is settling following the brutal excision of the Cameron/Osborne cliques from power. One Department has been knocked down, or split asunder – the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Energy has gone to Business and Industry, Climate Change … Continue reading

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Brexit: Conclusive evidence for the Cock-Up theory of History

Reading back through “the story so far” , a short piece I wrote just over a week ago, it seems like such ancient history, that I’m trying to decipher some Babylonian runic script. What is this Gove I spoke about, … Continue reading

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Bring back the Bison. or Wisent.

Amid the chaos, recriminations, headless chickens and acrimony of the Brexit vote fall-out last week, I went to the Netherlands with a group from Rewilding Britain. I have an informal role on their policy advisory group, and generally like what … Continue reading

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The Story so Far……

There’s a momentary quiet as this morning’s political interviews fade into memory  – or are sliced and diced and served up as vine’s or gifs on twitter. What have we learnt? Jeremy Corbyn’s survived another 12 hours, though he may … Continue reading

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