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Coalition to take local election defeat “on the chin”

Coalition to take local election defeat “on the chin”

After a dramatic loss of seats for both the Conservatives and the Lib Dems in last week’s local elections, George Osbourne told the BBC, “The government understands your message. We take it on the chin and we have got to learn from what you are saying… what people are saying is focus on the things which really matter like the economy, welfare, education, crime and the NHS… and not get distracted by too many other issues“.

Given Osbourne’s unsustainable budget speech in March and the disappointment of David Cameron failing to deliver his keynote speech at the Clean Energy Ministerial, I feel that the environment has sadly not been one of those distractions…

But perhaps that same lack of confident environmental policy and general disinterest in green business potential was one of the drivers for change.

Or just maybe our eleventh hour infographic coverage of the elections that showed how local councils are performing on pollution and waste did the trick after all…

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