Theresa Villiers’ performance at OFC proved she does not ‘get’ farmers, or care about the impact the Agriculture Bill will have on them, says agricultural recruiter Phil Garnham.
Well here we are, a month after the General Election, and one thing we do know is Brexit is most certainly going to happen.
The only question now is what version we will get?
The Prime Minister ruling out any possibility of an extension beyond 2020 has already been met with grim realism from the EU, and quite rightly.
It’s taken us three years to get to this point and the fact is we still haven’t a clue what is going to happen.
At the Oxford Farming Conference this week, the ‘Dark Lord of Defra’, Theresa Villiers, offered words and nothing more.
She doesn’t ‘get’ agriculture or farmers, so can’t see the fuss about the impact the Agriculture Bill will have on us all.
Either that, or she doesn’t care.
It’s one or the other, or possibly both. It’s both, isn’t it.
Sadly, I think the general population are now much the same as her, and are just bored of the whole thing.
Thank goodness Harry and Wallis Simpson Mk 2 have announced they are to ‘step back’ from being Royals, as it’s given the media something else to feast upon.
At this point, I’d like to champion the amazing work Minette Batters and the rest of the NFU have done in these challenging times.
When she speaks, I can genuinely tell she is speaking for all UK agriculture.
For those of you who have been quick to criticise, I ask – what would you do differently?
Why, if you are so bothered, have you not tried to get involved more?
Too busy are you? Too much to do? Public speaking isn’t your thing?
Well, it’s time to shut up.
We have enough challenges without misogynistic dinosaurs being clever on Twitter and stealing oxygen from the rest of us.
Brexit has been a bit like when you invite somebody to stay for the weekend.
It seemed a good idea at the time, but then they stay for a fortnight and you don’t want to fall out but you just want them to leave.
Which they do, but once they’ve gone you find they took the kettle.
How’s that for a British analogy.
Phil can be found tweeting at @ag_recruiter