Turfcutters are easy targets
Backroom's call for the government to "ditch populism" *(26/8/2012)* gave as an example the rural lobby "flexing their political muscle" and gaining an increase in the compensation paid to turf-cutters. It also claimed that there was no "legal obligation for the government to pay a single penny in compensation". This is utter nonsense.
The intention of the EU Habitats Directive was to stop large-scale commercial peat extraction for fuel and peat milling,...
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