We’re getting Owen Paterson as Secretary of State for DEFRA. He does seem to be serious about the countryside, so in that sense I’m pleased. He’s a true-blue Tory which I’m not. Some of the farmers I know are Tories, though.
Concerns have been expressed about Mr Paterson’s attitude to science. He’s made controversial remarks about shale gas, airport runways and badger culling, among other things. I’m a scientist so I’m not going to jump to conclusions about Mr Paterson. What do you think of him?