Owen Paterson

Do the Conservative establishment Bow Group know something that the press doesn’t? The Tories’ oldest think tank have published a research paper predicated on the fact the DEFRA secretary’s demise:

“In the forthcoming Cabinet reshuffle, Owen Paterson’s replacement with the DEFRA brief should move the language and policy of [bovine tuberculosis] on in a way that will please the scientific community, pacify voters and benefit the rural economy.”

He may not be up for going quietly …

With Paterson rumoured to be vulnerable and the Bow Group known to oppose his badger cull plan. Was this a case of optimism-cum-spin on the part of researchers …

… or have they been briefed that Paterson is out?

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