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Dear Derek,

When you left the department of the environment last year you said you intended to shed some of your official reserve. I would like to take you up on that because a lot of people in Britain, myself included, think that we have a pretty poor record on the environment, and I am keen to know why. Given your former role as the country’s top civil servant on green matters, and your new one as chairman of the European environment agency, you seem well qualified to tell me if I am wrong.

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