Diary: Countryside march heroine gets marching orders

I was sorry to hear of the departure of Janet George, chief of communications, from the Countryside Alliance. The former chief press officer says she has been sacked from the body where she was spokeswoman for five years.

I was sorry to hear of the departure of Janet George, chief of

communications, from the Countryside Alliance. The former chief press

officer says she has been sacked from the body where she was spokeswoman

for five years.



George was the voice of the organisation throughout its march on London

earlier this year which saw 300,000 country types protesting at the

anti-hunting Bill.



During her time at the Countryside Alliance George attempted to put

forward the argument that bloodsports were a good thing. I wonder if she

still holds the same views after what allegedly happened to precipitate

her departure.



Reports have suggested that George was hounded out by the Countryside

Alliance’s new CEO Edward Duke. George stood against Duke as a candidate

for the post earlier this year. All the Countryside Alliance will say on

the matter is: ’We confirm that Janet George is leaving’.



One anti-lobbyist says of George: ’I’ve got a lot of respect for her.

She did a good job and was certainly a dogged opponent.’



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