Labour's candidate for Twickenham Nick Grant has highlighted the crucial role played by Kew Gardens in a letter to the Richmond and Twickenham Times.
The fight for the future of Kew Gardens is crucial for the families of the men and women who work there, important for those of us who have enjoyed its beauty, and a telling symbol of the coalition government's priorities.To put the issue in context: a world class institution is threatened for want of a handful of bankers' bonuses. If only we knew someone with control of the levers of business policy, a champion for the best of British science, who could intervene decisively to protect Kew Gardens?To allow Kew Gardens to decline under the pressure of cost cutting would amount to cultural vandalism; to allow its research capacity to wither would be simply bad business.But here's the telling symbolism. Kew Gardens partners with over 80 countries, it's botanical research helps protect the brilliant diversity of our environment, and its educational work should shape the minds of future generations.In other words it's international, open, rationalist and concerned with the future, whilst all around us the political vision is becoming daily more insular, jingoistic and retrospective.Kew Gardens is a good example of what is best about our country - let's not allow it to fail.Yours,
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Twickenham