A listening government
DESPITE farm minister Jack Cunninghams boycott of the Countryside March, other Labour ministers present insisted that they represented a government that wanted to listen.
Junior farm minister Lord Donoughue said the march reflected a range of genuine issues, including the plight of the livestock industry. And he revealed that government had already held talks with food retailers to discuss prices paid to producers.
Environment minister Michael Meacher insisted the government wanted to listen.
He said he was sure the government could do more yet to alleviate pressures on the farming industry. "We are examining the effects of the BSE crisis and considering what to do next," said Mr Meacher. *