Good piece on the new environment sec who has just waved through the badger cull. More thoughts by yours truly to follow.

Ian Bone

Owen Patterson  has wasted no time at Defra – he’s bringing in a nationwide badger cull this week after months of dithering by his predecessor. He has ignored the scientific evidence against culling and given the powerful lobby of the NFU exactly what they want………..within weeks of taking office. Though coming to cabinet by the usual route of public school and Cambridge university and picking up a viscount’s daughter as wife en route Patterson made his fortune by buying and selling leather – so never a great animal lover! He lists hunting and riding as hobbies. But by riding he does not mean the  weedy mid morning trot of the effete Cameron – no Patterson is more Ulan Bator than Chipping Norton. He has ridden across Turkmenistan and Mongolia – wading rivers bare chested like Putin.  He represents a new muscular toryism loved by the Tory right who has benefited…

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