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Natural England

A comment from The Rt Honourable Ian Liddell Grainger

"Natural England has become far too big for Dr Helen Phillips's elegant, stiletto-heeled boots."

Says Liddell Grainger MP

Says Liddell Grainger MPBiodiversity is a slippery word. In the dictionary it translates as "life on earth". None of us objects to that, but some scientists have reinterpreted the word. It has become a religion, a cause and an excuse for changing anything and everything in the name of preserving life.

Dr Helen Phillips (Chief Executive, Natural England) has allowed it to mean whatever she wants it to mean. That is what can happen when quangos are let out. They lose a sense of proportion.

In addition-if I dare say this in this world of austerity-they are paid over the odds. Dr Phillips receives £144,000 a year, and six of her senior management team receive more than £80,000 a year. They have offices all over the country and around 2,000 staff to boss about.

No wonder they have fooled themselves into thinking that they rule the world.

Natural England has become far too big for Dr Phillips's elegant, stiletto-heeled boots.

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