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
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
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.’