There was a fascinating political hustings last night where candidates from the five main parties were quizzed for an hour and a half about their views on various aspects of grouse moor management and reform.
Imagine that happening in England? No, me neither. But the fact that this took place in Scotland, with political candidates from all the main parties prepared to spend a few hours of their time discussing this one issue, is testament to the growing public concern about the role of grouse moor management in the climate and nature emergencies and thus its subsequent position on the political agenda.
The hustings was hosted by REVIVE, the coalition for grouse moor reform, whose members are OneKind, League Against Cruel Sports, Friends of the Earth, Common Weal and Raptor Persecution UK.
Max Wiszniewski compered the event with additional support from Louise Robertson and the candidates were as follows:
Mairi McAllan, SNP (former lawyer & special advisor to First Minister on Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform)
Laura Moodie, Scottish Greens
Ian Davidson, Scottish Labour (who also featured at the Scottish Gamekeepers Association hustings last month – see here)
Alan Reid, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Edward Mountain, Scottish Conservatives (who also featured at the SGA’s husting last month and describes himself as a ‘proud member’ of the SGA – see here)
As expected, there was a variety of views and approaches, some credible, some not, and some of these views were quite different from the views put forward by different candidates of the same parties at the Scottish Gamekeepers’ hustings last month (see here).
On the subject of raptor persecution, all candidates were clear on having a zero tolerance policy…..and yet still it goes on.
The event was recorded and is available to watch below: