The last in a series of three extracts from a new book of essays from Conservative Friends of International Development and Save the Children.
Posts Tagged: Defra
Tony Hockley: Taking back control of agriculture must mean empowering local communities, not Whitehall
In the New Forest, where I live, a local system of consent maintains a fragile balance. Gove’s Agriculture Bill must not replace the CAP with another threat.
We must replace the EU’s clunky and inflexible CAP with a system that rewards public goods, not box-ticking.
Those who wish to wear fur and those who do not will both benefit from clearer labelling of fur products, backed up with stronger enforcement.
The third piece in our mini-series assessing his performance at DEFRA argues that he is a worthy heir to Tory environmentalism.
This second piece in our mini-series assessing his performance at DEFRA argues that he has taken a few strong first steps – but that real results are needed.
In the first of a mini-series assessing his performance at DEFRA, Gove’s willingness to challenge mighty vested interests is put to the test.
Onward seems set to propound the liberal and Freer the libertarian versions of the globalist agenda. Where does that leave the anti-globalist voters who now back the Tories?
I took part in the first ever debate held in Parliament on soil. Solar panels line my office roof. Also I use a Somerset wicker basket instead of plastic bags.
Isabel Sigmac: Animal welfare. Gove has made a good start, but there’s much more to do – such as a live export ban.
Other issues to be addressed include religious slaughter, the fur trade, cruelty, puppy mills, factory farming, testing and increasing threats to our wildlife.
The new Gove has all the energy and imagination of the old – but is less willing to fight others. What’s changed?
Is he adapting to get things done? Might he be adjusting to life as an emergent elder statesman? Or could it all be about leadership ambition? His reinvention continues.
Too often it seems as though our perimeters are seen as a problem to be patched-up rather than an asset to be fully modernised.
Gove, the rather unexpected DEFRA Secretary, can demonstrate again that Conservatives are conservationists.
We have a duty to honour the inter-generational contract articulated by Edmund Burke.
Michael Gove has made a great start at DEFRA, but from farm subsidies to onshore wind there is plenty more the Party can do.