'No U-turn' on badger cull

A badger cull looks set to go ahead. Credit: PA

Defra have just cancelled our interview with Energy Secretary Owen Paterson for the second time this morning.

I'm told there will be no U-turn on badgers - and the cull will start as soon as is practical.

I think it's pretty clear that Defra were about to announce a postponement of the cull. Why have they changed their minds - again?

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