November 26th, 2013
by Phillip Ward
In some ways it is encouraging that he was honest in explaining the constraints of money and people that Owen Patterson’s decisions have left for his part of the Defra brief. It is both refreshing and unusual for government ministers to be clear about their priorities – or more particularly what they are not going to do. The temptation to appease interest groups by over-promising is not often resisted: after all few ministers, especially in this portfolio, stay long enough to be called to account for commitments they make but don’t deliver.