email from Dr Rex Walters, BPA consultant geneticist (see his letter in the Telegraph of May 2005)
Many thanks for getting in touch. Your website is excellent – I had no idea that you were in operation! Well done.
I feel very strongly about the abject failure of our government over FMD. It was, as we all know, a fiasco during the outbreak. However, since the outbreak I have been involved for some time in various industry missions to try to open the way to exports. Very often the UK Embassies and High Commissions have been very helpful, but key people in the UK government have not presented our case at all satisfactorily. I returned from China ten days ago and the authorities in Beijing site Prince Andrew as a champion for our cause but have had no direction from Margaret Beckett or Lord Sainsbury who have both been there for talks in the last year. As for the EU response to our claim for compensation, why was this ‘covered up’ by the media?!
We must have a chat sometime.
Keep up the good work.
1 - 8 May 2005 ~ Telegraph Letter deplores the forgotten carnage, misery, waste and loss
Telegraph Foot and mouth issue
Sir - Like many people involved in the agricultural industry, I am very surprised and annoyed at the way the foot and mouth outbreak has been forgotten during the election campaign. There has been total silence about the slaughter of some 10 million animals, the loss of livelihood and, even today, numerous lost export markets.
In particular, there has been no mention of the fact that the EU disqualified the British Government from claiming £850 million towards the cost of the disastrous outbreak. The Commission's decision was based on the Government's failure to act swiftly to control animal movements, the concerns about the destruction of millions of healthy animals, the high cost of compensation paid for culled animals and the overall high cost of the eradication programme.
Dr Rex Walters, Peasemore, Berks "