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We Need Safeguards From Politicians

I suppose one should be grateful for any scrap of good news, though announcements by politicians during general election campaigns should rate pretty low as optimism generators. So two cheers then for the announcement by transport secretary Grant Shapps that there might be a 500 million pound fund t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 17 November 2019

A Really Radical Regeneration Manifesto

I think it was Voltaire who said the odd thing about the Holy Roman Empire was that it was none of those three things. Much the same could be said about the property industry Radical Regeneration Manifesto for the so-called Oxford-Cambridge Arc. My dictionary defines a manifesto as a public written ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 25 October 2019

Lies, Damned Lies And Belters

Green belts are one of the most powerful implements in the toolbox of British planning but, like all powerful devices, they can become dangerous if mishandled. One of their big dangers is turning politicians into liars. I was reminded of this yesterday by the response of the Ministry of Housing, Com...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 15 October 2019

Election Fever

One should never, of course, pay too much attention to what politicians say at their party conferences, least of all when a general election is looming. Nevertheless, ministers do sometimes set out their stall for the coming Parliamentary term, or indeed their pitch to the voters. Just bear in mind ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 01 October 2019

Climate Action Day

Today, as every schoolkid knows, is Climate Action Day. Despite all the Climate Emergencies being declared by various people, today for most people, like every other day, will actually mean going about business as usual. As ever, climate action is something somebody else ought to take. Well, this w...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 September 2019

Gardeners Question Time

A question most people involved with the environment dread being asked is how many ecosystem services there are. The only possible answer is quite a lot. I am not being flippant here because this matters. It matters a lot. Ecosystem services provide a great deal of what sustains us on this fragile a...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 13 September 2019

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