29
Jun
17

“Fiercest critic” yet to be fierce or critical

Back in January this year we wrote a blog about Conservative MSP Edward Mountain (Highlands & Islands) who had written a guest article for the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association’s quarterly rag.

In that article, Mr Mountain wrote this:

I believe that challenging the ‘spectre’ [of land management reform] is vital, if the very countryside we all value and love is to be maintained. The way to do this is by standing tall and laying out a stall, for all to see the benefits positive management has to offer. The problem is that every time it looks like the right story is being delivered another case of wildlife crime comes to light. If there is any chance of moving forward we must stop these idiots, who believe illegally killing raptors is acceptable.

I therefore would urge all organisations that represent country folk to stand up and let people know all the good work that is being done for conservation. At the same time, they also need to vilify those that break the law.

Over the next 4.5 years I look forward to working with the SGA and I will do all I can to defend the values you and your members believe in. However, I must also say that I will be the fiercest critic of those that jeopardise these values by breaking the law‘.

Here he is (2nd from right) hosting a Parliamentary reception in Dec 2016:

Since January we’ve waited with anticipation to see this “fiercest critic” in action but we haven’t heard a peep from him on the subject of illegal raptor persecution, not even after the publication of the golden eagle satellite tag review which showed that one of the six significant clusters of suspicious eagle ‘disappearances’ was within his constituency (the grouse moors of the Monadhliaths to the west of the Cairngorms National Park).

So a couple of days ago, when Police Scotland announced an investigation in to the illegal shooting of a short-eared owl on the Leadhills Estate, we thought we’d ask Mr Mountain on Twitter for a ‘fiercely critical’ response. Instead we got this:

Watching carefully need the evidence“.

When we asked him why 50 recorded wildlife crime offences over a 14 year period wasn’t enough evidence, he said:

I will react when I have clear and legal proof to do so before would be irresponsible“.

So not so much the “fiercest critic”, but more the meekest observer.

If any of you are attending the Scottish Game Fair this weekend, you can probably catch Mr Mountain for a chat. He’ll definitely be there tomorrow (Friday), presenting the SGA’s Young Gamekeeper of the Year Award.

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13 Responses to ““Fiercest critic” yet to be fierce or critical”


  1. 1 Jeff P
    June 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Not so much a Mountain, more of a molehill

  2. 5 Greer Hart, senior
    June 29, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Another prize balloon that vaunts specious concern, who backs off, when his ‘ good old boys’ pals restrain his ebullience. Do such pursuers of blood sports, not realise the contempt most people have for their daft and unpleasant activities. I hope I live to see the day, when such people have their power removed from them, with their estates, and a political system comes into existence that will forever remove blood sports from the Scottish landscape, and through our education system produce generations of people with an ineluctable humane way of thinking and acting. If hunting were allowed to exist, it would be one that would be subject to strong strictures, in its operation. Personally, I am surprised that the Scottish people have not thrown this mob out long ago. Many are sickened by the deference having been shown up till now, to these insufferable poltroons.

  3. 6 Tony Warburton MBE
    June 29, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    White man speak with forked tongue methinks!

  4. June 29, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Tomorrow is the anniversary of that poor female hen harrier’s death at the Cabrach :(

  5. 9 Burny
    June 29, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Another fine example of someone who clearly has a very high oponion of himself and thinks us lesser mortals heads button up the back.

  6. 10 I C T
    June 30, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Typical Tory

  7. June 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Once a Tory always a Tory!!! Kid the masses that we care about the wildlife and environment and maybe they will stay in their little hovels and let us get on with blasting every creature in sight.

  8. 12 Pip
    July 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Tory, Labour, SNP – or any other party, first of all he’s a politician and all of them are as bad as one another. An eye for the main chance, don’t rock the boat, promise anyone anything, get re-elected, claim your expenses and Buggins turn next. Did you, in all honesty, expect anything else.?
    Pip


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