Political news that may have got away.
It's with an unpleasant sense of déjà vu that I write this, but for the fifth year running the time has come round again when the Government allows the killing of thousands of badgers, despite the fact that they're supposedly a protected species.
In A Caring Britain We'd Be Treating Badgers, Foxes And Hen Harriers - And People - Very Differently
We're at a time of great change now, of tremendous possibility. The cruel neoliberal, neo-Thatcherite policies that have dominated Britain in the past four decades are clearly on their way out, and there's an opportunity to build something new.
The badger cull has clearly been a political tool to keep traditionally conservative-voting farmers and farming communities onside. The government have been keen to show that they are doing something to help, that they are taking a strong stance. In reality this is manifesting in violence and cruelty rather than addressing the root cause - modern farming methods.
'If it was rats they would have dealt with it straight away'
Badgers are wreaking havoc in a medieval churchyard by digging up centuries-old graves and unearthing human bones. The animals
Sherd showing badger claw marks The badger decided to make its home in a convenient mound, inadvertently unearthing the objects
Figures released by DEFRA on 16th December reveal that almost 1500 badgers were shot under license in the cull zones in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset in 2015. This brings the total number of badgers killed to almost 4,000 over the past three years, at a cost to the taxpayer that's probably in the region of £25 million.
It's World Badger Day, so naturally we thought we'd mark the occasion with a quiz. Here's 13 close-ups of black and white
On most weekday nights at 2am I am usually tucked up in bed, but this one was different - I was walking around the countryside