Tag Archives: Andrew Sells

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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Paterson latest: Badgers stole my bovine TB data

Owen “goalposts” Paterson. (photo by US Department of State [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) Here’s an interesting take on the latest Badger Killing machinations from The Ecologist (is it owned by Zac Goldsmith?). They suggest Owen “Goalposts” Paterson may be … Continue reading

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Welcome to your new job Mr Sells

Andrew Sells starts as Chairman of Natural England on Monday (20th). If we could wave our magic wands and appear in his office that morning, what would we suggest to him as his top priorities? Some might suggest the Badger … Continue reading

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Seeing the wood for the Trees

  Natural England chair designate Andrew Sell’s wood I’ve written a fair bit over the past 3 years about Think Tanks. Are they a force for good? Most Think Tanks are on the right of the political spectrum – in … Continue reading

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EFRA fails to grill Sells, more of a light poaching

As  I recall there was a lot of effort involved in turning Parliamentary Select Committees from a cross-between talking shops and clubs, into an influential element of Parliamentary procedure and ultimately an addition to the British Democratic process. Watching the … Continue reading

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The New Natural England Chair: Andrew Sells

The experience of having been present and witnessed a Natural England Board meeting is still fresh in my mind. I was struck in particular at how important a role the chair, Poul Christensen, played in helping his fellow Non-ex members … Continue reading

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