There was something akin to terror at Tory central offices in Bridgwater last saturday as Conservative party staff dialled 999 and called for Police assistance when a giant badger appeared outside. The Tories who support the controversial badger cull, must have felt their come-uppance was nigh and a giant zombie badger from their evil past had appeared to wreak Godzilla-like vengeance on the offices of the Badger Hunter in chief Ian Lidell-Grainger. But despite the knee trembling fear of the instigators of this flawed policy it turned out instead to just be Percy The (man in a giant) Badger (costume) who had been meeting candidates in Bridgwater’s Cornhill. Labour, Green and Lib Dems all turned up to show badgery solidarity. The Green candidate gave a polite wave, Labour councillor Li Gibson offered a firm hug and a cuddle and the Lib Dem chased him round the Blake statue with some giant syringe. But the Tory was nowhere to be seen…so they went to see where he was and visited Tory HQ.
Somerset Against the Badger Cull take up the story In their press release ‘Percy meets the candidates’ they say “Following his letter to Ian Liddell-Grainge
Labour opposes the Cull
Labour Candidate Oliver Thornton said “The Labour Party is not in favour of culling and neither am I, there has grown up an industry around TB testing and culling which is completely ineffective, often cruel, wastes livestock, damages farmers livelihoods and is very destructive to our local ecology (not just the badgers).”