I rather like Bob Neild MP. Minister at DCLG but has he been eating to much red meat! He has accused the National Trust and CPRE of harbouring "left wingers"! Now either times have moved on or he is getting his politics in a tizzy. These are venerable national institutions we are talking about. They are indeed national treasures run by rather marvellous staff and volunteers. And the magnificent Dame Fiona Reynolds harbouring Trotskytes? I don't think so.
Besides when exactly did wanting to protect our countryside become left wing? I know David Cameron has been keen to reinvent the Tories but surely this is a step too far?
Next time I'm in a stately home I better check there is not a fearsome Red hiding behind the wainscot.