Just when you thought we might get some action, wadda we get? Another strategic framework, 69 pages (including the covers) of unadulterated bilge that all adds up to a big fat zero.
Do not be fooled by the press release though, which is headlined: "Defra publishes new strategic framework for tackling bovine TB". What they actually mean is Defra has published a new strategic framework for not tackling bovine TB.
For want of action, we get "a set of ground rules" which are "designed to improve control of the disease over the next ten years", we get "new commitments" outlines, responsibilities "defined". And you will all be delighted to learn that this "signals the development of a stronger regional approach."
Count Dracula has obviously been hard at work as this new, improved, whiter than white framework strategy has been developed in full "consultation with stakeholders”, and we even have a “core stakeholder group”.
Ben "Rear Admiral" Bradshaw also tells us that there is: "no quick solution to the problem of bovine TB." He is certainly right there, if the government insists on doing nothing about it.
Never mind, as long as we have a "framework strategy", some stakeholders and - yes, you’ve guessed it – a "partnership" with farmers, vets and wildlife groups, then that will be enough to get NuLab past the next election without having to do anything.
Actually, I do Defra an injustice. As well as “ground rules” they have a “vision” which sets out "twelve strategic goals". Stand up number three and take your round of applause. And goal number three is: "to have a transparent process for making decisions on whether badger culling may form part of future policy...".
This may be a family Blog but what Defra are doing can only be described in one way: they are taking the piss.