This is a special episode of the podcast covering my recent visit to the East of England Farming Conference at the East of England Showground near Peterborough. The show features Neil Parish MP, Emily Norton from Savills, farmer and Conference Chair Tom Martin and Suffolk farmer Brian Barker.
I haven't made it to the NFU Conference this year, but thanks to the wonders of youtube I was at least able to catch outgoing NFU President Meurig Raymond's speech and Defra Secretary Michael Gove's speech (thanks @NFUtube!). You can of course read the full speech from the Secretary of State here. Here is a brief … Continue reading ‘Health, Beauty and Permanence’ – Reflections on Michael Gove’s NFU Conference speech
To me, England is the country, and the country is England. And when I ask myself what I mean by England, when I think of England when I am abroad, England comes to me though my various senses – through the ear, through the eye and through certain imperishable scents. .The sounds of England, the … Continue reading The Myth of England
In a recent policy document the NFU has suggested that continuing direct payments (at least in the short-term) in a new British Agricultural Policy will be crucial to help farm businesses deal with volatility. Before I read the report I must admit that I had become convinced that withdrawing as much support as possible is … Continue reading How crucial are direct payments for farmers?
Despite living just 80 miles from central London I rarely make it down to the capital. When I do I tend to pack a lot in. With the price of train tickets today you need to make the most of it! It's an opportunity to meet friends and touch base with contacts as well as … Continue reading A trip to the capital
It's now a few years since I came across the concept of 'rewilding' and read George Monbiot's Feral, far from the first book to tackle the subject, but perhaps the one that holds the crown for popularising it to such an extent and garnering a more established 'movement' of rewilding within conservation circles. Over that same period … Continue reading Rewilding – still learning
We are told that the upcoming election will help shape Britain for a generation. True, it will influence the tone and context of the Brexit negotiations, as we choose which 'team' we wish to lead them. However, when it comes to the future of the country it will not be one single government but several that will … Continue reading Choices, choices
There I was thinking that the most exciting election on the horizon was going to be across the channel...and then Theresa May made her shock announcement. In 49 days time the British people will go to the polls to voice their opinion once again on, let's face it, the one issue that is, rightly or … Continue reading Back to the ballot box…here we go again
A token post to mark a momentous day in British and European history (I'll draw the line at saying world history so as not to inflate British sense of self-importance). At 12.30 today Theresa May will officially trigger Article 50, launching two years of incredibly complex negotiations that will decide the future relationship between Britain … Continue reading The day article 50 was triggered
I am a regular watcher of the BBC's Question Time, although I should probably stay away for the sake of my blood pressure. Yesterday evening a special 'Britain after Brexit' episode was broadcast, during which an audience which was divided as the country was at the referendum (roughly 52:48) posed questions to a panel composed of … Continue reading Question Time last night: ‘Britain after Brexit’