Watched Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s prog on channel 4 (Hugh’s Fish Fight) about the appalling waste of fish dumped at sea due to the EU’s crazy fish ‘conservation’ policy.
I know a little of this as a long time ago having spent six (unhappy for them and me) months as a fisheries officer at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. In those days EU (or was it EEC then?) policy was just beginning to make itself felt . I remember those magenta spined EEC directives coming into the office and no one understanding them, not because they were written in euresperanto but because they didn’t make any sense.
During the program Hugh interviews the fisheries minister Richard Benyon who surprise surprise appears to know bugger all about fish, yet somehow manages to make the correct noises; they should replace him with someone who know about the sea fish industry…although I doubt whether there are many politicians who know about anything practical.
The program is well worth a watch and the campaign is worth supporting even if it is a bunch of celebs, for once they’re supporting something worthwhile and (more importantly) winnable.