Richard Benyon, Tory MP for Newbury, clearly either hasn't been told about his party's Localist policy, or fancies a job as Minister for Maggots and Bloodworms in a new Department for Angling.
In what I'm sure he saw as a useful move to 'engage the Angling community' he arranged a publicity stunt including a pledge to set up an 'angling think tank' and no doubt took pleasure in the Angling Times headline 'Tories pledge to shape the future of fishing'.
Richard, m'dear. Listen to me. Angling needs neither a minister nor a new quango. 'Shaping the future' of angling isn't amongst the key duties of government. No doubt civil servants, preparing for the next government and eager to impress, sensitive to press announcements such as this, are already drafting the key clauses of a new Angling Bill, setting up a new National Angling Authority that would regulate bait freshness and shinyness standards for lures, advised by a new Angling Advisory Board with at least a dozen highly-paid part time posts for good Tory placemen. Not what you meant?
If it wasn't what you meant, what you should have said was "A Conservative government will leave the regulation of Angling to the various local authorities with jurisdiction over our rivers and inland waters. Our aim is to get big government off Anglers' backs and stop making fatuous and unnecessary interventions in what are local matters and a popular hobby."
See? Not hard, is it?