This year for the first time we went party political (obvious reasons: there’s so much happening/about to happen that affects real farming inc Brexit and the loss of a wealth of good environmental legislation inc the precautionary principle, a new Agriculture Bill, the Defra 25 year environment plan back on the agenda).
So we invited the Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon Michael Gove to come and talk with/have a conversation with the participants at the Oxford Real Farming Conference. And we were delighted when he accepted.
There’s lots that’s been written about the SoS most of it sceptical (see for example Miles King on his links with American neocons). Colin interviewed the SoS and will soon be adding his thoughts on what he had to say and his responses to questions at the ORFC; and the video of his session will soon be available on the ORFC website.
In the meantime, I’m taking my cue from Samuel Johnson (with thanks to Mark Tully (BBC Radio 4, Something Understood) for this quote:
“It’s necessary to hope, for though this hope should always be deluded, hope itself is happiness and its frustrations however frequent are yet less dreadful than its extinction.”