Owen Patterson the environment minister has been sacked byPrime Minister Cameron. His position on the environment has been supported by millions right across the UK. In an article in the Sunday Telegraph of 20 July Mr Patterson pulls no punches. He starts by saying that he has great misgiving about the power and irresponsibility of the Green Blob as he calls the greenies. He says by that he means the mutually supportive network of environmental pressure groups, renewable energy companies and some public officials who keep each other well supplied with lavish funds, scare stories and green tape. He says he fully supports ordinary local conservationists who do great work as do the farmers, rural businesses and ordinary people. They are a world away from the highly paid globe trotters of the Green Blob who beseiged me says Mr Patterson with their self serving demands many of which would have harmed the environment. He goes on to mention the death threats he received, his home address was circulated worldwide with an incitement to trash tt! (These are the green fascists at work--blog editor). He goes on to record he was burnt in effigy by Greenpeace as he was recovering from an operation to save his eyesight.(The Indian government have said that Greenpeace are a threat to economic security and stability. I agree!-- Blog editor)) He says he is proud that his departure was greeted with such gloating by spokespeople for the Green party and Friends of the Earth. He says it was not his job to do the bidding of two organisations that are little more than anti capitalist agitating groups whose leaders could not tell the difference between a snakeshead fritillary and a silver washed fritillary! (Note: In the war most of the greens in Germany were card carrying Nazis! today they appear little different. As for Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth clearly their knowledge of the atmospheric physics of climate change is zero!)
He says he saw his task in improving the environment and the rural economy while many in the green movement believed in neither. He says the Green Blog sprouts especially vigorously in Brussels. The European Commission web site reveals that a staggering 150 million euros was paid to the top nine green NGOs from 2007 to 2013. We broke the Council deadlock on GM crops so decisions may be repatriated to member states and we headed off bans on fracking said Mr Patterson. He says when he proposed a solution to the dreadful suffering of cattle badgers and farmers as a result of the bovine TB epidemic he was opposed by rich pop stars who had never been faced with having to cull a pregnant heifer. He went on to say that when he spoke up for the landscapes of the countryside against the heavily subsidised industry that wants to spoil them with wind turbines at vast cost to ordinary people, vast reward to rich landowners and undetectable effects on carbon dioxide emissions he was frustrated by colleagues from the Lib Dem party. When faced with the flooding on the Somerset Levels he said he refused to make the popular and false excuse of blaming it on global warming.(Note: the flooding in the Somerset Levels was entirely due to the incompetence of the Environment Agency in withdrawing at least thirty dredging machines resulting in massive flooding of people`s houses. ---Blog editor.) Yes he says he has annoyed these people but they do not represent the real countryside of farmers and workers. The Green Blob has become a powerful and self serving caucus. It is the job of elected politicians to stand up to them. He concludes saying that we must have the courage to tackle it head on as Tony Abbott in Australia and Stephen Harper in Canada have done or the environment and economy will both continue to suffer.
(This is an abridged edition of the article by Owen Patterson in the Sunday Telegraph of 20 July 2014)