Category Archives: Uncategorized

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

Last week the Government launched its long awaited “what on earth are we going to do about paying farmers, after Brexit” consultation, called Health and Harmony. At the heart of the new policy lies the principle of “public goods for … 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

Posted in Charities Commission, Charity Commission, Lord Ashcroft, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Andrew Sells, Defra, deregulation, farm subsidies, Michael Gove, neoconservatism, neoliberalism, Policy Exchange, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

Recycle and Re-use: Andrea Leadsom has nothing new to say about the Environment, Food or Farming.

Secretary of State for the Environment Andrea Leadsom, like so many of her Cabinet colleagues, has been missing from this General Election campaign. It’s all been about the PM as President, President May. Leadsom did surface briefly on Monday to … Continue reading

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Sheepwrecked or a World Heritage Site? Thoughts on the Lake District

As the inevitability of President Theresa May being crowned on June the 9th seems without doubt now, we are hurtling, possibly out of control towards the exit, or rather the hard Brexit. This means the UK tumbles out of the … Continue reading

Posted in Common Agricultural Policy, farm subsidies, farming, George Monbiot, Lake District, Uncategorized | 25 Comments

Four Years of a New Nature Blog

I can’t quite believe it but I wrote the first post on this blog four years ago today. Since then I have written 387 different posts with a total of over 250,000 page views. You can see which posts have … Continue reading

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No gathering Eggs for May: it has to be Easter

Can it really be true that there isn’t enough to keep our Prime Minister busy these days? Theresa May, while cosying up to the Extreme Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, still finds time to lambast the National Trust, for removing … Continue reading

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