As Harold Wilson said, ‘a week in politics is a long time’, and these past seven days have certainly proved his point.
David Cameron, George Osbourne and their team have departed Downing Street, and we have a new Prime Minister. Theresa May has surrounded herself with an interesting team. Although there are the odd exceptions, she has been remarkably shrewd in some of her appointments. A man to watch is Nick Timothy, one of the PM’s closest advisors and destined to become her chief of staff. He has obviously been very influential in her selection, and wrote the speech she gave on the steps of Downing Street.
Mr Timothy, who was a strong supporter of Brexit, has a very healthy distain for the ‘establishment’, the long term results of which will be interesting to watch.
Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary was inspirational. He is highly intelligent, he has a deep knowledge of history, and our relationship with the rest of the world. This role will suit his character and ability far better than had he by default, ended up as PM.
His ability to charm, and his diplomatic negotiating skills, will, along with his fellow Brexiteers, David Davis and Liam Fox ensure Britain’s relationship and dealings with Europe and the rest of world are successful and work. They believe in Great Britain and see the advantages and opportunities awaiting as we unshackle ourselves from the crumbling EU, and the collapse of the Euro.
Andrea Leadsom has replaced Liz Truss at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and George Eustice who remains in post, will be a formidable team, and will reassure farmers and related agricultural industries. They understand their task, and have a plan of action ready to make a success of Brexit. They have been working towards this possible outcome for years.
“The majority of British people want a Britain”, as former MP Michael Ancram said some years ago, “where people count, are free to control their own lives, and to enjoy the fruits of their own efforts, with their rights protected, and where local communities matter and being ‘the Good Neighbour’ comes naturally”.
“A Britain where the State does only what it must, where quality replaces dogma in the provision of public services, where low taxation is an established objective and where regulation is the exception. A Britain where the family within the community is valued, where the distinction between right and wrong means something, where the legitimate and historic rights of minorities are defended and the Rule of Law is respected”.
“And a Britain where defence of our sovereignty is paramount, where pride in our country is encouraged, and where our Union Jack becomes again a symbol of stability and of hope in an increasingly turbulent world”. His wise words are now deeply relevant, let us hope these are the principles which the new Prime Minister, will champion with her new team, now that we are once more truly in control of our destiny.
Summer has arrived, and the sunshine is lifting the spirits. Although we have now almost filled the barns with sweet smelling meadow hay, having dodged the recent torrential rainstorms; unfortunately the relentless wet conditions have taken a toll.
The incessant rain throughout the winter which continued until only recently, has hugely affected the arable crops, particularly on the heavier land. With the help of our agronomists farmers have fought valiantly against diseases and the scourge of Black Grass, but ground conditions and the high humidity have proved challenging this year. Our crops which earlier in the season looked terrific and looked to yield well, now appear disappointing. Commodity prices remain low, which make our diversification enterprises increasingly important to sustain a regular income.