Magazine article The Spectator

Dig a Mile-Long Pit and Bury a Ministry - the Search Is on for a Scapecow

Magazine article The Spectator

Dig a Mile-Long Pit and Bury a Ministry - the Search Is on for a Scapecow

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Farms are dangerous places. 'Shakes' Morrison was his party's rising star when Neville Chamberlain, who was Prime Minister,sent for him: `Morrison, I want you in the Cabinet.' Shakes (his initials were W.S.) looked suitably gratified. `Yes,' said Chamberlain, `I'm going to make you Minister of Agriculture.' `Good God - I mean, thank you very much, sir.' It was, as they both knew, the humane killer. So it is again. Shakes's current successor, the hapless Nick Brown, must have seen his career buried in a mile-long pit in Cumberland, and we shall next see if it is deep enough to accommodate his ministry as well. The briefers are out against the poor old Min of Ag, or Maff, as it now likes to call itself, recalling its responsibilities for fisheries and food. Not the sharpest knives in the Whitehall drawer, we are told. …

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