Magazine article The Spectator


Magazine article The Spectator


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Long-serving leaders

Hosni Mubarak entered Egypt's crisis as one of the world's longest-serving political leaders. Here are five others:

Leader Achieved power

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe 1980

Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Angola 1979

Teodoro Obiang Ngeuma Mbasogo,

Equatorial Guinea 1979

Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen 1978

Muammar al-Gaddafi, Libya 1969

Trees ain't free

The government has aroused protest for its proposal to sell off Forestry Commission land, with implications for public access.

The sale is expected to raise £230 million over ten years. This sum is dwarfed by the subsidies going to owners of private woodlands.

The Woodland Grant scheme has a budget of £230 million to be spent between 2007 and 2013. Among these are. . .

Woodland Regeneration Grant for replanting a piece of ancient woodland:

£1,760 per hectare Woodland improvement grant:

up to 80 per cent of capital cost Farm woodland payment:

up to £300 per hectare Woodland Planning Grant for producing a management plan for a three-hectare wood:

£1,000 In addition, farmers may still claim agricultural subsidies on fields they have planted. …

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