Compare these two very short clips – what a difference both in quality and style – let alone content!
First 51 seconds of Mary Creagh, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment speaking for the Labour Party in Britain, which is opposed to selling our public forests:
The website for the Labour Campaign against the sell-off and its petition that she mentioned is: www.thislandisourland.org.uk
Now thrill to the 72 second video of Caroline Spelman Secretary of State for the Environment for the current Condem government:
Notice the ‘Freudian slip’ she makes: “What we are going to do is open up our woodlands and forests”. Hang on, I thought a public consultation was under way. Shouldn’t she have said ‘What we would like to do’ or ‘what we are proposing to do’ ?
I am writing to Ms Spelman to ask her if this was just a slip of the tongue or whether the consultation is just a PR exercise.
Notice another gaffe: the real reason for dumping all the public forest on the market Spelman reveals is because the Forestry Commission is both the regulator and a major supplier and this ‘simply can’t continue’! Why not? It has continued for a long time already, why is it suddenly such an issue? When the country is faced with so many pressing issues, why has this got to be dealt with in such a drastic way all of a sudden? And if it really does need to be separated, why can’t you just create a separate regulator? Just shove a few people in a room with a telephone and tell them they’re the regulators. Come on, it doesn’t wash!
PS Notice how ‘adding comments’ has been disabled on Spelman’s video but not on Creagh’s. I wonder why?