Saturday, 4 August 2007

Who is Peter Ainsworth?

A good question. His website is here. He is a very worthy chap and the Conservative spokesman on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Are you thinking what I am thinking?

In the last month or so, we have had the worst flooding in sixty years, followed by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. In footballing terms, he has been presented with two open goals. The man ought to be on every news broadcast, in every newspaper and shouting from the rooftops about the government's failings. He ought to be the best known politician in the country right now.

Instead, as shown by Iain Dale's survey of 'Media Tarts for July', Peter ranks alongside Theresa May in joint 19th place. Theresa is the shadow leader of the House of Commons and shadow minister for Women. Perfectly important roles, but not exactly the most newsworthy in the last month. This is not good enough! David Cameron says that the environment is important to us. Well, it is time to put a big hitter in there - I have already suggested George Osborne, but Alan Duncan or Liam Fox would be perfectly good alternatives.

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