Environment down the pecking order?

It’s Sunday afternoon, 10 May, and David Cameron has announced eight new (well, mostly recycled) ministers, but the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is not among them.

Number 10. wikipedia

Number 10. wikipedia

While I realise the PM doesn’t necessarily make appointments in order of importance, I also realise that environment is never one of the first announcements.  It will be a wonderful day when the environment minister is announced in the first batch because it  is a sought-after job and is recognised as being of vital importance to the future of our planet, our landscapes, recreation, health and well-being.

Dream on.


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I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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2 Responses to Environment down the pecking order?

  1. Geoff Mullett says:

    I’ve just sent some footpath survey forms to Lincs CC and noticed their title:
    ‘Environment & Economy’. Think that sums it up!


  2. Alan Smith says:

    Dear Kate,
    “The environment down the pecking order?” Indeed.
    Just compare the amount of attention devoted in the media last week to:
    1) Birth of royal baby.
    2) General Election in which the environment was scarcely mentioned by most parties.
    3) Scientists reporting that carbon levels in the atmosphere have reached a new high.
    Best wishes,
    Alan Smith (Kent)

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