In Friday’s mini-budget the Government announced the creation of 38 “investment zones” across England. In effect planning regulations are loosened to allow for potential growth, giving construction companies “carte blanche” for development. As a result wildlife habitats will be destroyed and, according to the RSPB, this represents an unprecedented assault on nature. The environment will be one of the biggest casualties in a very short sighted plan. Without a healthy environment nothing will thrive.
Meanwhile Scott Mann, our local MP, is contradicting the RSPB by “retweeting” Defra:
I think the facts speak for themselves.
It is mind-boggling that at a time when climate change is of major concern, the Prime Minister focuses on growth with no concessions to the green agenda. Does the new government live on a different planet from the rest of us? How can we as a country go for growth if wildlife and nature are the casualties? The planet is already suffering and scientists insist we need to reverse CO₂ emissions and live sustainably if there is going to be a future for homo sapiens and other animals here on Earth.
This Government is actively accelerating the demise of life on this planet. Thumbs down.
2 Replies to “The Mini Budget’s Assault on Nature”
Prompted by your article I’ve been doing my due diligence and discovered that Scott Mann has been reshuffled into the office at Defra vacated by Steve Double on his way out. Scott became Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 20 September 2022
It seems likely that he is (literally rather than metaphorically!) simply toeing the party line?
Definitely toeing the party line, that’s how you get ahead in politics.