News and Updates

  • Listening to Bridget

    The Labour party manifesto hit the streets yesterday.  NAEE has the education-focused details and it's fair to say that it's not Earth-shattering.  I then heard Bridget Phillipson on the BBC PM Programme where Evan Davis asked her a number of...

  • Manifestly unimportant

    I did not browse the Conservative election manifesto with a sense of expectation, but I was curious about whether they would mention what they have done in relation to climate / sustainability / environmental / etc education.  I browsed in...

  • National Environmental Service Anyone?

    Between 1949, when the National Service Act came into force, and 1963, when the last National Serviceman was demobbed, more than 2 million men (only men) were conscripted into the British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force to do...

  • Bridget's new Model Curriculum

    I hear that Bridget Phillipson has plans for England's schools that go beyond trying to impose VAT on independent school fees and creating a significant exodus of students into the maintained sector.  The plan, it seems, is to make free...

  • Celebrating a Grade D

    A nice bloke came from OVO the other day to survey the house for an Energy Performance Certificate [EPC].  As an event, it was as exciting as the Eurosong contest, and had a similar result.  We wondered as we prepared...

  • Hunting Neotinea ustulata

    The arresting burnt (tip) orchid is the county flower of Wiltshire.  We went hunting for it the other day on Salisbury Plain at a remote site we know where it can be found.  We were not disappointed.  Although the site...

  • Tony Blair and Net Zero

    Back in January I confessed to having become something of a net zero sceptic.  I wrote: "I am unconvinced that the present (and next) UK government policies and plans around cutting greenhouse gas emissions will be effective or cost-effective.  I...

  • Caroline Lucas

    The well known Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas, is stepping down as an MP at the next election.  She's going to become a death doula.  This daunting but hugely worthwhile role might just be easier than trying to survive Green...

  • Clapping Hands

    That's the sound coming from Whitehall as civil servants congratulate each other on their ability to cut the prices of new battery electric cars – BEVs – with reductions of around 20% now being reported as manufacturers struggle to sell...

  • A Lack of Secure Knowledge

    Alas, all is not well in North Britain.  It used to be said, and not just by North Brittons it should be noted, that they did things differently up there, did them better – and did them yesterday; that is,...