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Legal opinion in the US now seems to suggest that there’s no Presidential license to revoke national monuments  and that therefore Mr Trump’s attempt to breach the protection given to National Parks will fail: “The text, spirit, and 111 year history of the Antiquities Act of 1906 militate against presidential power to revoke a national monument proclamation made by a predecessor president…. A presidential proclamation declaring a national monument may not be unilaterally revoked by a successor president.”

Imagine that level of protection in Britain! Our most significant landscapes would no longer be vulnerable to development at the vote catching whim of fleeting politicians. Like this one….

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That’s what happened at Stonehenge – and even though he has long gone his agenda is still being pursued by our so-called protection agencies. If we had a Sacrosanct Landscapes Act (and which civilised country doesn’t deserve one?) it wouldn’t be. It’s to be hoped we get one as a direct result of the current short tunnel debacle.

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