Category Archives: neoliberalism

Owen Paterson calls for the use of nuclear submarines to power the UK

        Owen Paterson wants the UK to run on electricity from Nuclear Submarines Owen Paterson is a bit of a submarine himself these days. He goes under, for weeks at a time, then pops up, fires off … Continue reading

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Will “The Usual Suspects” fund Owen Paterson’s new Dummy Tank UK/2020?

      a dummy tank Two and a half years ago I wrote about the Art of Deception, and Operation Fortitude, where inflatable tanks were used to fool the Germans into thinking that D-Day would be an invasion of … Continue reading

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Stick to the Knitting

“I think the Knitters have left you a message Minister” It’s just as well there is less than a year left in this Parliament – and so very little if any time for new legislation or policy development. This is … Continue reading

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Paterson refuses top Scientists’ briefings on Climate Change: where does he get his views from?

It was a massive shock – to no-one at all – that Owen Paterson has refused to take a briefing on climate change from the Chief Scientists of the Met Office, Department of Climate Change or even Defra. This amazing … Continue reading

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The CAP no longer fits

If there was any doubt before, the Local and Euro Election results indicate there is no doubt that the future of Britain in the EU and perhaps of the entire EU project, now hangs in the balance. Euro scepticism has … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, Common Agricultural Policy, farming, neoliberalism, Owen Paterson, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Have we reached Peak Paterson?

is the sun setting on Owen Paterson? ((c) Miles King) Some say we have seen Peak Oil, but are now witnessing Peak “Owen Paterson”? After yesterday’s performance in the Commons, where Paterson repeatedly failed to respond to questioning on his … Continue reading

Posted in anti-environmental rhetoric, biodiversity offsetting, climate change, flooding, Floodplains, Matt Ridley, neoliberalism, Owen Paterson, Policy Exchange | Tagged , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Paterson fails to see wood, only trees

Happy New Year everybody. Let’s hope 2014 is better than 2013. I was wondering what to write for my first blog post of 2014 when my usual supplier turned up. Yes, you’ve guessed it – Owen Paterson Secretary of State … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Woodland, anti-environmental rhetoric, banking crisis, biodiversity offsetting, enlightenment, Matt Ridley, neoliberalism, Owen Paterson | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

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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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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Owen Paterson: Enlightenment Man

Owen Paterson is Enlightenment Man in the modern day. OP believes that the environment needs to be improved and repeats this at every opportunity. He also promotes individualism and the public benefits derived from private profit-making. This is his central … Continue reading

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