Rishi Sunak Joins Farming Protest Alongside Net Zero and Climate Conspiracy Group

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London (Parliament Politic Magazine) – Rishi Sunak’s involvement in a farming protest sparks worry as he stands with a group skeptical of net zero and climate change.

Rishi Sunak observed a protest alongside a group that has posted conspiracy theories about climate change and campaigns against net zero. The prime minister has been blamed for “pandering to extremists” by farmers and wildlife groups, who have requested him to “listen to reason and logic” rather than conspiracy theories.

Sunak has been constructing a concerted effort to enhance his party’s standing in rural areas after polling revealed that most countryside seats will likely be lost to Labour and the Liberal Democrats at the next general election. Last week, he delivered the keynote address at the National Farmers’ Union conference, where he informed farmers, “I have your back.”

On Friday, he observed a farmers’ protest against the Welsh Labour government, which suggests bringing in a new payment scheme in which farmers will have to demonstrate that 10% of their land is woodland and 10% is a quality habitat for wildlife. He appeared alongside farmer Gareth Wyn Jones and stood next to placards emblazoned with the logo for the campaign “No Farmers, No Food.”

Wyn Jones is a leading advocate of the campaign, which was formed and is run by James Melville, a GB News pundit and communications consultant.

Sunak and Andrew RT Davies, the Welsh Conservatives leader, joined the protest, telling those assembled with their tractors that they had been “treated as Labour’s laboratory.” Speaking to Wyn Jones, he expressed the new subsidies scheme was “absolutely not right, the impact it will have on your jobs, your livelihoods, your incomes and food production around the country. It’s simply wrong.”

The No Farmers, No Food campaign is anti-net-zero and has shared conspiracy theories about climate change action. At the same time, Melville has questioned the effects of climate breakdown and shared conspiracy theories about net zero. Its manifesto accuses the UK government of having an “obsession with net zero” and calls for it to end climate measures.

Craig Bennett, CEO of the Wildlife Trusts, conveyed that the prime minister’s appearance at the protest was “deeply worrying,” adding: “Rather than pandering to extremists who don’t know what they’re talking about, Sunak should be talking to the farmers who are doing their utmost to alleviate biodiversity loss and the impacts of climate change. It would be nice if the prime minister paid more attention to science, reason, and logic.”

Arable farmer Martin Lines, CEO of the Nature-Friendly Farming Network, said: “We already see significant impacts to our businesses and food production because of climate change, and all the science says it will get significantly worse if we don’t reduce emissions. I find it very disappointing that the prime minister has gone to a protest for a group where one of their key asks is no to net zero measures.”

A government representative did not discourse the claims but commented: “We are on the side of farmers and – just this week – we announced a major new package of support for rural communities to protect British farming for the next generation.

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“This includes the most extensive grant offer for farmers in the coming financial year, expected to total £427m, including an unprecedented funding package for technology and productivity schemes.

Daniele Naddei

Daniele Naddei is a journalist at Parliament News covering European affairs, was born in Naples on April 8, 1991. He also serves as the Director of the CentroSud24 newspaper. During the period from 2010 to 2013, Naddei completed an internship at the esteemed local radio station Radio Club 91. Subsequently, he became the author of a weekly magazine published by the Italian Volleyball Federation of Campania (FIPAV Campania), which led to his registration in the professional order of Journalists of Campania in early 2014, listed under publicists. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a freelance photojournalist and cameraman for external services for Rai and various local entities, including TeleCapri, CapriEvent, and TLA. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, Naddei collaborated full-time with various newspapers in Campania, both in print and online. During this period, he also resumed his role as Editor-in-Chief at Radio Club 91.
Naddei is actively involved as a press officer for several companies and is responsible for editing cultural and social events in the city through his association with the Medea Fattoria Sociale. This experience continued until 2021. Throughout these years, he hosted or collaborated on football sports programs for various local broadcasters, including TLA, TvLuna, TeleCapri, Radio Stonata, Radio Amore, and Radio Antenna Uno.
From 2016 to 2018, Naddei was employed as an editor at newspapers of national interest within the Il24.it circuit, including Internazionale24, Salute24, and OggiScuola. Since 2019, Naddei has been one of the creators of the Rabona television program "Calcio è Passione," which has been broadcast on TeleCapri Sport since 2023.