One of the few traditional Conservatives to have served on the Tory front bench under Cameron, Paterson was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before being promoted to the more high profile role of Secretary of State for Defra.

Candidate of the day

Owen Paterson

One day to go and Sir John Major has weighed in. “Labour divides to rule. To win votes they will turn rich against poor; north against south; worker against boss." We hope we don't wake up with them on Friday.

Hero of the day

Sir John Major

Another awful Labour woman. The fact Ed Miliband’s carved his pledges in stone doesn't mean he might not break them, campaign chief Lucy Powell has said.

Villain of the day

Lucy Powell



Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

Reader’s Comment: The BBC leaves a heavy carbon footprint

In response to Nick Booth: The BBC is a candidate for a bonfire of the insanities, Colkitto03 wrote:

What was the carbon footprint of that helicopter they used to film the police raiding Cliff Richards House? What’s the carbon footprint of the 420 people they sent to the Brazil Olympics? (more than we sent athletes). What is the carbon footprint of the 80-100 people that the BBC has been sending to Glastonbury for the last decade?

  • Lagopus scotica

    Not that sensible people believe in the carbon nonsense, but it’s good to compare the BBC to their own ridiculous “standards”.

  • Owen_Morgan

    That is an astounding statistic about the Rio Olympics. I don’t recall watching a single nanosecond of the whole thing, but I was compulsorily paying for it. Ditto Glastonbury. It’s not my style of music, but the Beebyanka splurges on it. There is no reason for people who do like Glastonbury also to be paying for the Proms, if that’s not what they like, or for the maintenance of the BBC orchestras.

    In the age of the Web, people can buy what they are interested in seeing and hearing. That should be the way forward. I’d happily subscribe to the orchestras, to documentaries which didn’t involve the narrator/narratrix getting pointlessly dressed up in period attire and to good quality drama. I don’t get my news from the Beebyanka, so they could shut that bit down overnight, as far as I am concerned. This much simplified organisation would justify a considerably reduced management structure, too.