Political Print

Political Print: How has Gove fared in his first 100 days?

The environment secretary’s cheery rhetoric hasn’t been matched by convincing policy on the big challenges facing DEFRA, writes David Burrows. It’s like “putting the fox in charge of the hen house”, said Ed Davey, the former energy secretary, as news broke that Michael Gove was heading back to the cabinet as secretary of state for…
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Political Print: Chicken dispute misses the point

Despite calls for politicians to ban chlorine-washed US poultry, it’s businesses that will really decide whether it ends up on our plates. By Nick Hughes. It took what the Print likes to call “the yuk factor” for food to finally feature in the public discourse about Brexit. The prospect of US chlorine-washed chicken being served…
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10 things we need to know about Brexit

Talks with the EU are finally under way a year after the referendum and the food industry is anxiously awaiting the outcome, writes Nick Hughes. Friday marked the first anniversary of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Much has happened in the subsequent 365 days: there have been demonstrations, legal battles and most recently…
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Political Print: What’s on the election menu?

The Tories are keeping things vague in their manifesto but their rivals have plenty to offer on farming and waste. By Nick Hughes. It’s election time (again) which means the Print gets to play its favourite game of “count the number of mentions of food in the manifestos”. Unscientific it may be, but the 2017…
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Brexit means… what?

Theresa May has finally given her first big speech on leaving the EU. Are we any the wiser? Footprint asked five experts for their views. The lawyer: A little bit of clarity. “Over the last six months a few things are clearer. We now know, for instance, the government needs to pass a law to…
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Andrea Leadsom’s post-Brexit vision for UK food and farming is clear as mud

Listening to Andrea Leadsom address the Oxford Farming Conference on Monday, it was hard not to feel a degree of sympathy for the Defra Secretary of State. It wasn’t just the unfortunate opening observation that farming had been around “as long as mankind itself”, which discounted the vast majority of human history occupied by hunter-gatherers.…
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Looking for the bright side

His campaign rhetoric suggests President Trump will be bad news for the planet, but is there cause for optimism? What will a Donald Trump administration mean for food and the environment? It’s a sentence the Print never anticipated having to write, but then 2016 has been the year the political rulebook wasn’t just rewritten but…
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Trump’s energy policy

The Republican candidate has threatened to scrap the Paris deal and offered support for coal, but is he serious, asks George Robinson. Now that Donald Trump has the required number of delegates to be the Republican candidate for the US presidency, analysts are scrambling to identify just what this might mean for the country and…
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