Do Boris Johnson’s new Spads want to slash environmental protections?

A slow, steady stream of fresh-faced libertarians is snaking its way into the halls of power. Young, smart and ambitious, a notable number of the new generation of special advisers (Spads) hail from free market thinktanks, which begs the question: Will they stoke the already strong urge that exists in the Cabinet to strip away green tape?

Among the new recruits is Munira Mirza, formerly of right-wing thinktank Policy Exchange and regular contributor to far right magazine, Spiked. Chloe Westley is another ex-thinktanker, formerly at Taxpayers Alliance and Brexit campaign, Vote Leave. 

Add to these, Nerissa Chesterfield, former communications head of free-market thinktank the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), which has been explicit about its desire to trash environmental protections, calling them "anti-competitive” and a “disguised methods of protectionism”, and Ross Kempsell, former chief reporter for right wing website GuidoFawkes, and it seems the future is uncertain for green regulation. 

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