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Category Archives: Policy Exchange
Ofqual Fiasco and Planning revolution point to where the Vote Leave Government gets its ideas
As I watched the A-level results fiasco unfold over the last week – the latest in a long line of shambolic Government u-turns – it got me thinking about how this Government actually decides on what policies it is going … Continue reading
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
Super-Ridley blats the Bat-people: But will the evil Raccoon win out?
“Escaped pet raccoons are beginning to establish themselves in northern England with potentially devastating consequences for native wildlife.” Viscount Matt Ridley Viscount Matthew White Ridley is many things. He is a very rare beast: a hereditary … Continue reading
Posted in alien invasive species, bats, coal, invasive species, Matt Ridley, Policy Exchange, Rampisham Down Tagged bats, Invasive species, Matt Ridley, Rampisham 10 Comments
Mapping local greenspace: will it help protect these green lungs?
moody greenspace (photo Miles King) As some of you may have guessed, I’m not the biggest fan of Policy Exchange. This is the think tank the Tories love most – its ex-treasurer is the new Natural England chair, Andrew Sells, … Continue reading
Posted in biodiversity offsetting, greenspace, housing, Policy Exchange Tagged biodiversity offsetting, greenspace, Policy Exchange 10 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 Anne McIntosh, anti environmental rhetoric, anti environmentalism, climate change, flooding, Matt Ridley, Owen Paterson, red tape 15 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