The Royal Activist: Prince Charles ‘Tried To Change Tony Blair’s Climate Policy’

  • Date: 29/06/14

Former environment minister Michael Meacher claims he and Prince Charles “would consort together quietly” to affect policy on climate change and genetically modified crops. He said they worked together “to try and ensure that we increased our influence within government”. ”We were together in trying to persuade Tony Blair to change course.”

 

The Prince of Wales tried to persuade Tony Blair’s government to expand grammar schools, former education secretary David Blunkett has said.

In a BBC Radio 4 documentary examining the constitutional role of the prince, Mr Blunkett said Prince Charles “didn’t like” it when his request was refused. [...]

He discussed complementary medicine and climate with other Labour ministers.

Former environment minister Michael Meacher recalled that he and the Prince “would consort together quietly” to affect policy on climate change and genetically modified crops.

He said they worked together “to try and ensure that we increased our influence within government”.

“I knew that he largely agreed with me and he knew that I largely agreed with him,” said Mr Meacher. “We were together in trying to persuade Tony Blair to change course.”

Asked if there might be a constitutional problem in the Prince taking a political opinion, Mr Meacher replied: “Well, over GM I suppose you could well say that. Maybe he was pushing it a bit. I was delighted, of course.” [...]

The Royal Activist is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 13:30 BST on Sunday, 29 June.

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