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  • Blog Post: Make George's dream come true

    Last November, the Chancellor described hard-won legal protections for our most precious wildlife sites, as a “ridiculous cost on British business”. I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt. Let's just say he was having a bad day. I think there is another Chancellor waiting...
  • Blog Post: Missing word, Chancellor?

    The Chancellor, George Osborne, spoke to the Institute of Directors this week. He cannot have been reading his speech very carefully - he seems to have missed a word. He said: "On planning, one of the great obstacles to growth that no government has had the courage to tackle, we are now shifting...
  • Blog Post: The Habitats Regulations - the case for the defence

    We are still reeling from the Chancellor's economic statement . I summed up our mood in an interview I gave to Farming Today (about 8 minutes in). We can just about live with a review of the Habitats Regulations . As in the 2006 Davidson review, we think that the regulations will stand up to scrutiny...
  • Blog Post: Budget 2013: a reaction

    I spent Tuesday night being inspired by a talk from Dr Azzam Alwash, Chair of one of our Birdlife International Partners, Nature Iraq . He spoke about his ten year campaign to restore the 5,000 square miles of Mesopotamian Marshes which had previously been drained under Saddam Hussein's regime. It's...