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Victoria Prentis MP (‘rewilding is an evil’) is new Westminster Environment Minister

Boris Johnson’s recent cabinet reshuffle has not affected George Eustice, who remains Secretary of State at DEFRA.

There have though, been a few changes at the junior ministerial level.

Rebecca Pow MP has been moved on, and I’m sorry to say is no great loss whatsoever given her recent ill-informed remarks on tackling raptor persecution (see here).

However, it’s no time to bring out the bunting because she’s been replaced by one Victoria Prentis MP, a politician with strong links to the Countryside Alliance and BASC and who is on record as stating that rewilding ‘is an evil’ (see here).

Good grief.


15 Responses to “Victoria Prentis MP (‘rewilding is an evil’) is new Westminster Environment Minister”


  1. 1 Stephen Lewis
    September 17, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    I suppose she’s right if your goal is to perpetuate denuded uplands and organised crime within your chums’ ranks to facilitate industrial scale killing of wildlife.

  2. 2 Tom Black
    September 17, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    No point using sarcasm. With this government sarcasm, among much else, is dead.

  3. 3 Keith Dancey
    September 17, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Not good news:-(

  4. 4 Paul V Irving
    September 17, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    It was always going to be a long shot that we would get somebody(anybody!) better and we most certainly haven’t . The pack has been shuffled but it is still the same incompetent, uncaring crock of shit.

  5. 5 Les Wallace
    September 17, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    The proponents of rewilding are going to have to take their kid gloves off and take this crap on properly, it’s far too prevalent. Even the Welsh Independence party Plaid Cymru have had at least one of their MPs jump on the ‘rewilding drives people out’ bandwagon and this was a party that for years continually received praise for a very progressive stance on conservation and the environment. Not anymore. At a time when the NHS and other genuinely useful public services could be doing with more public money (and 40% of our grub gets binned) it’s going into keeping our upland areas over grazed ecological dead zones that’re not only dire for wildlife, but mean quite a few of the people whose money paid for it are living under heightened flood risk. These issues need to be in the public arena – that’s nothing more than the proper application of democracy. Isn’t it terrifying that an elected representative can be so stupendously ignorant?

  6. 8 George M
    September 17, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    This is why we need politically skilled individuals advising all Conservationist and Green Organisation and support groups. The opposition hold talks simply to buy time as they have little intention of abiding by what they agree too — as history has shown time and time again. The manoeverings behind the scenes at Westminster informs us in no uncertain manner what the real intentions are. As I have said before there is a clause in a Bill which allows Westminster to overide Holyrood in areas where businesses are disdvantaged by laws in devolved countries. In practise if burning moors in England is not outlawed but it is in Scotland then the Scottish Government can be taken to court and overuled if it could be substantiated that the estate/business loses income because of it — be it by lower grouse numbers or anything else that they can tie to “restrictive business measures.”
    This is simply the tip of the iceberg as they have no intention of acting within the law — as the level of raptor persecution and fox hunting has shown after being outlawed. The behaviour of the security forces towards those objecting to these activities are questionable — as countless personal statements and images on Youtube have illustrated

  7. 9 Richard Wilson
    September 18, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Rebecca Pow remains a minister at Defra & has responsibilities for biodiversity.

  8. 11 Mobo
    September 18, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    BAD news – but what can you expect when the UK is governed by a load of public school twits who are only looking after their own kind and their own interests with no respect for “ordinary” people, let alone the environment or wildlife.

    • 12 Phyllis Venables
      September 18, 2021 at 9:01 pm

      They are ordinary people, only ordinary people voted them in to a position of power, they then abuse, do not elect anyone, take a stand, where would they be without us. Baking their own bread, hunting for the pot?

  9. 13 John L
    September 18, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    It will be interesting to see how this appointment fits in with the governments proposal to amend the Environment Bill so that new legally binding targets on species abundance for 2030 are set, with the aim of halting the decline in British nature.
    The State of Nature report in 2019 made it perfectly clear that the current way the countryside is being managed is not working for so much of natural British flora and fauna.
    If the government is truly proposing to halt this decline in nature, then it should very obvious that continuing to allow “vested interests” in the countryside to carry on with a business as usual approach simply won’t work.
    Whether Ms Prentis has the stomach for taking on these vested interests is something yet to be seen.
    An obvious place to start would be to ban the release of millions of non native pheasants in the countryside each year, and require shoots to sustainably manage the current pheasant stock which habits so many woodlands, and whose presence is damaging to so many native species.

  10. September 18, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Apparently she wants to repeal the hunting ban. She acknowledges that “some people” may not like this. Majority denier. Completely out of touch.

    • 15 Dougie
      September 19, 2021 at 11:19 am

      Probably not in the least out of touch, but most certainly well aware that there are times when what appears to be desired by the majority of the electorate can simply be ignored.
      Faced with an ineffective opposition that has only managed to be in power for 30 years out of the last 120 plus years (and half of that 30 was down to Tony Blair’s three big wins) there is not much for her to worry about.


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