However, I fear he may not be as in touch with matters rural as he would like to think.
I was talking to an ecological advisor this week who tries to farm sustainably and receives his Stewardship grants. I had heard there was a problem with ditchwork. Oh no problem, he said – you can't dig them out!
As part of the Stewardship grant regime farmers must not dig ditches out to relieve field flooding, as the government wants to increase boggy area. There are extremely limited exceptions to this edict, none of which are related to sensible food production or sensible
PHIL SIMPSON (M), 55 Wentworth Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9SS