Some of the criticism from the more ardent end of the Green movement to proposals to extend emissions pricing to livestock farming is fatuous and myopic.

As the Interim Climate Change Committee — whose work forms the basis of the proposals the Government is consulting on — put it, the perfect should not be the enemy of the good.

It is the principle that counts.


And the hard-won and perhaps fragile consensus of support from farm industry bodies for the principle that there must be an end to the entirely free ride on livestock emissions that farmers currently enjoy