There has now been a further twist in the snakes tail in this ongoing fiasco if rumours are to be believed. A number of well informed individuals appear to be suggesting there is a possibility, that as well as Natural England being responsible for their own legal costs of £1m, it is now very likely that Natural England have agreed to pay the additional legal costs for Walshaw Moor Estates, a further sum of £2m. This makes a total tab picked up by the taxpayer of £3m. Can the situation get much worst? Will anyone employed by Natural England be held accountable for this gross mismanagement we wonder? One thing is sure, the responsibility will not be down to Dr Helen Philips, Natural England’s former Chief Executive. Dr Philips left the sinking ship along with a large financial reward when she took up her new post this summer with Yorkshire Water.