Owen Paterson – was he forced out of government by a powerful self serving environmental lobby?

Politics is a difficult game and an even harder one to win at. Those who can do the most good and are the most effective are attacked the hardest.

Occasionally a politician comes along who is prepared to challenge popular thinking and attempts to get under the hood to reveal the real issues. It is amazing the fury and the relentless power then used against the politician by the vested interests.

We witnessed this when Andrew Lansley took on the monolithic NHS, an organisation over ripe for reform. The state run, union controlled, NHS fought back not wanting change to all the cosy arrangements. Andrew was then sacked.

Michael Gove at Education suffered the same fate. He was accused of being too unpopular. Of course he would be unpopular with the teaching unions. They do not want anyone ruining the party with talk of change.

The same seems to have happened to Owen Paterson. He claims he
was sacked by David Cameron to appease ‘the green blob’. Paterson,
Former environment secretary suggests he was removed from cabinet because of ‘powerful, self-serving’ environmental lobby.

Former environment secretary Owen Paterson says he left office worrying about the influence of the green lobby.

In the Sunday Telegraph, he described the Green Lobby as a “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”, and said that much of his work as environment secretary was devoted to loosening its grip on government policy.

“This tangled triangle of unelected busybodies claims to have the interests of the planet and the countryside at heart, but it is increasingly clear that it is focusing on the wrong issues and doing real harm while profiting handsomely,” he wrote.

Paterson said that he believed in improving the environment and the rural economy and that many in the green movement believed in neither.

And he was particularly scathing about the Green party and Friends of the Earth. “It was not my job to do the bidding of two organisations that are little more than anti-capitalist agitprop groups, most of whose leaders could not tell a snake’s head fritillary from a silver-washed fritillary,” he said.

We need courageous, reforming politicians to make the improvements to our services that are clearly still needed. Creating a culture of sacking them if they are unpopular amongst vested interests is wrong.

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