A big estate allegedly trashes the environment: there’s nothing remarkable about that, you might think. Until you discover that [Richard] Benyon is the minister responsible for wildlife and biodiversity.
William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, was the founder of the fortunes of Richard Benyon. Cecil was appointed to manage Princess Elizabeth’s estates back when her younger brother was King of England, and he became Elizabeth I’s chiefest minister. William Cecil’s son Robert was the first patron of the founder of English gardening, John Tradescant the elder.
When David Cameron was handing out posts to loyal Tories in May 2010, Richard Benyon – MP for Newbury since 2005 – got the job of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He had, after all, studied at the Royal Agriculture College and managed his family estates so well that his family get to live on welfare Continue reading