UK Government Minister : I Had More Death Threats from the Greens than from IRA Terrorists
Former UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson - recently sacked in Prime Minister David Cameron's reshuffle - said today that he received more death threats from green activists than ever he did from Republican and Loyalist terrorists during his stint as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Posted by Jill Fallon at July 23, 2014 10:42 AM
The Northern Ireland posting is considered one of the more dangerous jobs in British politics, which is why the incumbent - unlike with most cabinet positions - is automatically given 24-hour armed protection. But according to Paterson, his stint as Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was much more perilous.
I soon realized that the greens and their industrial and bureaucratic allies are used to getting things their own way. I received more death threats in a few months at Defra than I ever did as secretary of state for Northern Ireland. My home address was circulated worldwide with an incitement to trash it; I was burnt in effigy by Greenpeace as I was recovering from an operation to save my eyesight. But I did not set out to be popular with lobbyists and I never forgot that they were not the people I was elected to serve.
Paterson claimed that his address was circulated amongst Green groups with an "incitement to trash it". He also claimed to have been "burnt in effigy by Greenpeace as I was recovering from an operation to save my eyesight". Actions that would have led to arrests had he still been Northern Ireland Secretary.
The former Environment Secretary's central claim was that Green lobby had attacked him for supporting growth in the rural economy. He said that groups like Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace existed merely "to enhance their own income streams and influence by myth making and lobbying".