Here in Britain, the Cabinet is being reshuffled today. One of the Ministers losing their jobs is Caroline Spelman. She’s been Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) since May 2010. During her time there, a 29% cut to DEFRA’s budget was announced.
Mrs Spelman’s replacement at DEFRA will soon be announced. How much difference will that make? I’m not convinced that Ministers wield much real power, but we’ll see what happens. I don’t anticipate that the countryside will get much of the cut funding back.