I posted this as a bug, and was told by Sven Neumann the behaviour was
intentional and to raise it here.

Currently, when saving a selection to a channel, either using the UI
or via the PDB, the active drawable gets changed from the working
layer to the new channel.

I believe the active drawable should remain unchanged (i.e. where the
selection was made).

The current behaviour is confusing to a user because of the following
fairly typical scenario:

User wants to blur a portion of an image, but wants to save the
selection for later use.

1) make selection
2) Select > Save to Channel
3) Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur

Now the user is blurring the saved selection channel, not the layer
they started on.

-Rob A>

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