Polluted Environment Agency

The Environment Agency, the quango which manages environmental affairs on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, has issued new guidelines in its staff policies. As well as the usual removal of the offensive words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ (to be replaced with the euphemistic ‘primary carer’), it goes further still. It has told employees that they can request ‘more than one passcard...in order to be able to express different identities on different days’. So if one works for the Environment Agency, one may have different ID cards upon which, presumably, are different names, photos and genders. This is truly absurd. Furthermore, any firms which hope to supply the EA with products or services will be expected to conform to this ideology, too:

‘we ask potential suppliers to submit details of their EDI [equality, diversity and inclusion] policy as part of their submission’.

Philip Duffy, the agency’s head, is clearly a duffer, allowing ideology to infiltrate and saturate his organisation’s operation. The farmers and landowners I know already hold the EA in low regard on account of its ineffectiveness and bureaucracy. Remember, this is the body responsible for preventing flooding in England and reducing pollution. I would prefer more staff were used in keeping floods at bay than poring over policies in order to gain Stonewall's seal of approval. Yet The Guardian reported in January 2022 that staff were warned that

comments made “inside or outside work”, including derogatory statements about the organisation, managers, colleagues, stakeholders, customers or contractors, and anything that brought the agency into disrepute, or reflected on its performance, were all subject to sanction.

So it is now fine to have multiple personalities at the Environment Agency, but do not breathe any kind of dissatisfaction against the management. It is galling to know that my tax is being used to fund this circus. The more I consider the kind of people who run our country, the more I long for its conclusion and Christ's return:

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision...Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.