8 Mar 2012

Another Forest sell-off U-turn?

Caroline Lucas writes: "Is the government planning a further U-turn on selling our forests?" This is how it continues:

When I challenged the government in January over its incoherent plans for the forestry estate, I was dismissed as "hysterical" by the Defra minister for forests, Jim Paice.
A little discourteous, to say the least. But far more worrying was the fact that the minister, in answering my question, then appeared to try to conceal the government's original intentions on the hugely controversial forest sell-off.
Let me place two statements on selling public forests by the honorable member in front of you, and you can be the judge.
"Part of our policy is clearly established: we wish to proceed with, to correctly use your word, very substantial disposal of public forest estate, which could go to the extent of all of it."
"In fact, there never was any intention to dispose of the whole public forest estate."
Now you may think this is the kind of thing that gives politicians a bad name. I couldn't possibly comment.

See the rest of Caroline Lucas's Guardian blog at:

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