Anti-badger cull protester hits back at attack from Westcountry MP
Last week Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger hit back at the anti-badger cull demonstrators he blamed for dumping a dead badger on his doorstep.
His outspoken comments attracted significant response. Below retired RAF officer Ian Mortimer, who is opposed to the cull, writes back to Mr Liddell-Grainger.
Dear Mr Liddell-Grainger,
We haven't met, which is rather surprising as you have chosen to make libellous comments about me in your local newspaper.
You have called me a malingerer, a scrounger, a layabout and say I am part of a mob that "has resorted to killing animals".
Furthermore, you associate me with people who "lie in bed until the pubs open" or "wait until the postman arrives with the benefit cheque".
Well Mr Liddell-Grainger, I'm not much of a pub goer and, in my case, the benefit cheque is a War Pension which I earned at the same time as I was "Mentioned in Despatches for Gallantry".
You see, like you, I am ex-military and your equivalent in rank, although as I was a regular, I claim seniority.
Mr Liddell-Grainger, the people I have been privileged to work with whilst opposing the badger cull can speak for themselves but suffice it to say I have walked the footpaths of Exmoor with a vet, a gardener, a receptionist, a chartered accountant and many others, all of whom are fully employed except, perhaps, for one retired lady, but then she works as a volunteer in a charity shop.
I do understand that finding a dead badger on your doorstep is distressing but it is, therefore, a time for a cool head.
Killing badgers without a licence is a criminal offence and instead of burying the evidence you should have reported the incident to the authorities.
Furthermore, a cool head would have realised that a poisoned badger is very unlikely to be bludgeoned, and a bludgeoned badger is very unlikely to be poisoned.
Do you think your badger might possibly have been a road kill? I imagine being hit by several hundredweight of fast moving motor car would appear to be a bludgeoning.
Mr Liddell-Grainger, your words and your actions are stupid and, as Forrest Gump's mother used to say, "stupid is as stupid does".
I await your full apology.
Ian MortimerSqn Ldr RAFLt Cdr RNRCapt BA