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Parliament rejects Baroness Stowell for Charity Commission job. Govt ignores them.

this is just a copy of an earlier post which might have been infected with malware…. Some of you sharper eyed readers (clue – that’s all of you) will remember I wrote about the background to the incoming Charity Commission … Continue reading

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The Pillar 2 Coup: Rural Payments Agency poaches Countryside Stewardship from Natural England.

this is just a copy of an earlier post which I have now deleted as it looks like it might have been infected by malware. Last week the Government launched its long awaited “what on earth are we going to … Continue reading

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The People’s Walk for Wildlife

I’ve shamelessly nicked this piece from Martin Harper‘s blog. It’s by Chris Packham and he’s demanding we all join him on the People’s Walk for Wildlife. I will be there. Will you?   56%. It says 56%. Since 1970 I … Continue reading

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Rearranging the deck chairs on the Natural England Titanic.

Natural England chairs come and go, and today’s publication of the advert inviting applicants to be the next chair, gives me an opportunity to look, once again, at the absolute state of Natural England. Some may feel all I do … Continue reading

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We are what we Eat

The old adage “We are what we eat” is only partly true, at best. We eat vegetables but we are not vegetables. Similarly, those of us who eat meat are, in a real sense, meat – but we are not … Continue reading

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The rise of ChariTina – and why she will be the perfect Charity Commission chair

In last week’s No Tern Unstoned Column (which you can find here) I explored the double standards operating in the murky world of philanthrocapitalism. To boil it down for you, the article explores how charitable giving (through misogny-fests like the … Continue reading

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Michael Gove: his battle with the Truth

  We need to talk about Michael, especially those within the broad environmental sector, to which I belong, though mostly sitting on the sidelines observing these days. Michael is our new Best Friend. Michael promises us all manner of goodies. … Continue reading

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LEGOs, Landscapes and Catchments – guest blog by @UKSustain farm campaigner @VickiHird

  I am delighted to post another guest blog from Sustain’s Campaign Co-ordinator for Food and Farming Policy, Vicki Hird.   The rich debate about how we deliver new farming and land management support after we leave the CAP is … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Agri-environment – a need for detailed scrutiny, by Steve Peel

            As the process of changing from an European agriculture policy into a UK one starts, I’m delighted to publish a guest blog by former Natural England grassland specialist Steve Peel. Steve looks at how … Continue reading

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Michael Gove and the American Neoconservatives

Last week I wrote about Michael Gove’s surprise arrival as Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs. There is so much more to write about this, but time is limited and I will not be able to … Continue reading

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