Monthly Archives: June 2020

A Tale of Two Speeches – Gramsci, Newts and the Instrumentarians

As we finally reach the point where the first wave of covid19 has effectively passed (excess deaths in the week to the 19th June were the same as the 5 year average – 65000 dead so far),  it’s clear that … Continue reading

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Pheasant’s or Pheasant’s-eye? Nature Connection and Conservation

What’s important about nature? I’m not talking about however many tonnes of Carbon a Sitka spruce tree locks up during its short life, or whether a Beaver stops a town flooding.  I mean what is important to you, as a … Continue reading

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New Board members for Natural England: the banker, the mandarin, the natural capitalist and the media exec.

      An image speaks a thousand words, doesn’t it. Imagine being the person at Defra who decides which image to use for each story. “Natural England board members appointed.” Natural. England. Something natural perhaps. Hmm – perhaps a … Continue reading

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Coronavirus diary: the Freeloader Problem

It’s Magic Monday, or Happy Monday or whatever new slogan has been dreamt up by Dom Cummings and his Vote Leave team in Downing Street to distract us. How quickly things change. Just last December Cummings and his libertarian band … Continue reading

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