Category Archives: deregulation

Red Tape Challenge – Environment Theme

Here we go with the first smallish announcement of the many to come this week from the Government on deregulation. This is the Red Tape Challenge, and Defra has just published the report with recommendations for simplifying regulations that are … Continue reading

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Growth Not Green Week

There seems little doubt that this week is going to be one of those where we see announcements that will have a major impact on the environment in England, and not for the good. Last week was climate week – … Continue reading

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Meadows for Sale – should we buy them?

We’ve just spent the best part of 18 months trying to buy a farm in Herefordshire – Bury Farm SSSI. This is a spectacular place  and probably the most important single area of lowland meadows and pastures (a priority habitat) … Continue reading

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Droughts, Nitrates and the Habitats Regulations

Across central and southern England, rainfall in January was again below average  – the Met Office produces excellent anomaly maps here. The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology produces a monthly hydrological review which was published yesterday.This confirms that drought conditions … Continue reading

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The Red Tape Challenge Grinds on: Where will it end?

  Last week the Guardian reported that my MP Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office Minister, had met with officials from Natural England and the Environment Agency. Apparently he proposed that all environmental (wildlife, landscape, air pollution, noise etc etc) guidance … Continue reading

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Deregulation: RBS, Bonuses and the Big Bang

Just to recap then, the Royal Bank of Scotland went bust because of the gambling culture that had developed in the financial services industry. This came about because of deregulation in the late 1980s – at the time it was … Continue reading

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