Spending Review: Osborne (almost) sings praises of nature shock!

IN his Spending Review Statement on Wednesday the Chancellor spoke of his belief that ‘the culture heritage of our nations are not just an economic asset, but have great intrinsic value’. I agree absolutely. But while George Osborne saluted the value of ‘our greatest museums, galleries and English Heritage’, funding for community sport, arts and museums will still be reduced by 5%

 

At least the Chancellor recognised the value of our cultural heritage in his statement. What about the intrinsic value of our natural heritage? The Government published a White Paper on the Natural Environment in 2011, but yet again the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs saw swingeing cuts 10% to its already meagre budgets. On top of this, the Government’s planning reforms are placing huge development pressures on our countryside. In this climate, Government watchdogs on the environment like Natural England and the Environment Agency, and National Park Authorities and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty partnerships – custodians of our finest landscapes – have a vital role to play to protect and enhance our beautiful rural areas. Our fear is that their effectiveness could well be jeopardised by the size of these cuts.

 

I find it hard to remember George Osborne making a single comment since becoming Chancellor in support of the intrinsic value of England’s unique and precious natural environment, and all the benefits it brings to our economy in terms of tourism and supporting vibrant rural economies. I hope he will take the opportunity to make one soon.   

4 Responses to “Spending Review: Osborne (almost) sings praises of nature shock!”


  1. 1 Michael Monk June 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Too true, and even worse when you take into account the reduction in local authority budgets which means they are increasingly unable to take local action to protect and enhance the natural environment.

  2. 2 Albert Ravey June 27, 2013 at 11:14 am

    He does not believe there is any value in nature. On the contrary, he believes that nightingales are “feathered obstacles to growth”, that conservationists are the “green taliban” and that ” we are not going to save the planet and destroy our economy.”

  3. 3 geoff lambert June 28, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Osborne has £ signs stitched to his eyes so he only sees a monetary value for everything. anything ‘natural’ means low value, anything ‘developed’ means high value.

  4. 4 MARK WILLETT July 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I THINK OSBORNE’S REMARK THAT IN A TIME OF RECESSION WE CAN’T AFFORD TO WORRY ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT IS ONE OF THE MOST STUPID THINGS I HAVE EVER HEARD A POLITICIAN SAY, AND SHOWS HIM TO BE A VERY DANGEROUS MAN..HE IS SAYING THE VERY AIR, LAND AND SO ON WE RELY ON FOR LIFE IS UNIMPORTANT AND THAT HE DOESN’T CARE IF IT IS DESTROYED.HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SACKED FOR IT.

    WE NEED LAND FOR RECREATION, TO GROW FOOD AND FOR RAIN RUN-OFF TO PREVENT FLOODS AMONGST OTHER THINGS.

    THE ECONOMY IS A MAN MADE THING AND WE HAVE THE CHOICE OF KEEPING IT RUNNING IN A WAY THAT HELPS OUR ENVIRONMENT OR DESTROYS IT.

    NEW ROADS WILL DESTROY A LOT OF ENVIRONMENT AND THAT TO ME IS NOT ‘GROWTH’ BUT SHRINKAGE; FARMS FOR FOOD RUINED, PEOPLE FORCED OUT OF THEIR HOMES,LESS INCOME FROM TOURISTS, MORE NOISE AND POLLUTION.GROWTH? NO WAY!

    OSBORNE’S IDEAS ARE NOT NEW AND LED TO THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AND HE IS SETTING US UP FOR A REPEAT.WHEN IT HAPPENS AGAIN WILL HE WANT MORE ROADS ETC?

    EVEN IF HIS IDEAS PRODUCE GROWTH IT WON’T BE SHARED OUT TO THOSE WHO REALLY NEED IT.HE IS ONLY INTERESTED IN HIS CBI LACKIES AND OTHERS WHO NO DOUBT PAY HIS PARTY MONEY AND VOTE FOR HIM.

    I HAVE NO POLITICAL AXE TO GRIND AND WANT TO SEE COMMON SENSE TO GUARD OUR HERITAGE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.

    OF COURSE LOADS OF MONEY TO WASTE ON OSBORNE’S LITTLE SCHEMES WHILST MOST OF US SUFFER CUTS, WAGE FREEZES ETC.THE MAN IS A DISGRACE AND I HOPE HIS OWN PARTY REALIZE THIS SOON..


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