Tag Archives: Michael Gove

Why EU laws to stop pets chasing wildlife (and livestock) are not comical.

  It’s always tempting, when writing a weekly column, to return over and over again to a well chewed bone called Brexit. And despite Westminster having descended into full-blown Whitehall Farce territory last week, I am going to resist the temptation … Continue reading

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Lodge Hill Saved

There was some very unusual good news late last week as Homes England announced that it was no longer pushing for housing development on the protected areas of Lodge Hill – the former military training ground (and munitions works) on … Continue reading

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Backwoodsmen out in force for Parliament farm debate

The long slow march of the new Agriculture Bill through Parliament continued last week, as Environment Secretary Michael Gove sought to reassure, indeed sooth, everyone’s concerns. Though Gove is a consummate schmoozer, mollifier and reassurer, satisfying the demands pressing on … Continue reading

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Will the New Environment Bill be Michael Gove’s golden opportunity, poisoned chalice or a dead duck

Let’s face it, it’s been a pretty disastrous couple of weeks for our Prime Minister Theresa May. After the apparent success of the Chequers Brexit agreement, May has lost two of her most outspoken pro-Brexit ministers, whose departure triggered a … Continue reading

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Hollow Promises: A Brexit impact assessment

Can it really be two years since the Earthquake struck and the UK voted to leave the EU? It seems both much longer, and no time at all. So, on this anniversary, I thought it would be timely to explore … Continue reading

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Losing the Muscle from Brussels risks leaving the environment protected by a Paper Tiger

Now that the consultation over the future of farm support in England has finished, Defra – the UK Government‘s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – tells us that more than 44,000 responses have been received. So many thanks … Continue reading

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Health and Harmony: Last chance to respond.

I’m posting this here as well as on the PNN website, for maximum reach. It’s the People Need Nature response to Michael Gove’s consultation on the future of agriculture in  England. If you haven’t submitted a response yet, please find … Continue reading

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We are what we Eat

The old adage “We are what we eat” is only partly true, at best. We eat vegetables but we are not vegetables. Similarly, those of us who eat meat are, in a real sense, meat – but we are not … Continue reading

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Free the Beaver: Michael Gove officially endorses legal #Beaver releases into the English Countryside

Is there any comedy value to be extracted from the fact that on the day the Brexiteers capitulated (or were outmanoeuvred) on membership of the Single Market, leading Brexist Michael Gove chose to announce that Beavers would be released in … Continue reading

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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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