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ARCHIVE JULY 2002

Aug 10 ~ Reform of the House of Lords has slipped into the clutches of spin doctors.

Aug 10 ~ " New Labour has shown itself to be horribly old Labour in its often visceral distaste for the countryside"

Aug 10 ~ day of protest on hold

Aug 9 ~"..there are many people like me who have watched DEFRA manipulate data and refuse to answer reasonable questions over the last 12 months.."

Aug 9 ~ "..the announcement was widely regarded as a cynical 11th-hour attempt to stave off a national day of action by farmers on Monday.

Aug 9 ~ "The Drummond Report will make you mad when you read it. It is so relevant.... Feb 1999..."

Aug 9 ~ A proper investigation into CSF would be bound to throw light on the origins of FMD ...

Aug 9 ~ "...will remain in place until permanent rules are brought into force early next year. "

Aug 9 ~ Which vets and scientists say so?

Aug 9 ~ 20 day standstill is tinkered with - just enough to confuse

Aug 9 ~ Where is the honest broker who can draw all the strands together?

Aug 9 ~" I am sorry if I sound irritated by your reply to my letter: there are many people like me who have watched DEFRA manipulate data and refuse to answer reasonable questions over the last 12 months;

Aug 9 ~ "The government are in no doubt that much of the contiguous cull was illegal,"

Aug 8 ~ "...DEFRA are already considering the LLI Report and the RS Report on FMD and selectively choosing which policies it wishes to take forward."

Aug 8 ~ Not "hindsight", Mrs Beckett. Not "entirely consistent with the information and advice then available." The Drummond report (new page) was in government hands in February 1999, but "not implemented because of lack of resources .." and "it is enough to make one gasp. ..."

Aug 8 ~ "The Drummond Report (1999) ...predicts virtually every disaster that befell the Government

Aug 8 ~ The legality of the killing: Byrne, Brown and Campbell

Aug 7 ~ Meacher dropped on the orders of Alistair Campbell?

Aug 7 ~"a good media performer

Aug 7 ~ Downing Street Dirty Tricks

Aug 6 ~ No 20 day movement ban in Korea.

Aug 6 ~ Will no one rid me of these turbulent peers?

Aug 5 ~ "How can there be ANY excuse for ignorance?"

Aug 5 ~"Emergency Vaccination: "The Government should prepare the regulatory framework and practical arrangements

Aug 5 ~ "We have been unable to establish the precise rationale for the target of 48 hours, nor ascertain the source of that timescale" wrote Dr Iain Anderson (page 93)

Aug 5 ~ Professor King still says he "sees no reason yet to switch from the established slaughter policy"

Aug 5 ~ The Science Committee, the modellers and Page Street disregarded Dr Donaldson's work.

Aug 5 ~ Why did the Science Group enlist the support of the NFU against vaccination?

Aug 4 ~ The Science Group had enjoyed enormous power without any formal responsibility (Dr David Shannon)

Aug 4 ~" the truth has a habit of biting people when they least expect it"

Aug 3 ~ FARMERS : WE WILL PARALYSE BRITAIN!

Aug 3 ~ "To be fair to Ian Anderson"

Aug 3 ~ Brussels FMD DECISION DELAYED

Aug 2 ~ red tape will wreck livelihoods.

August 2 ~ Excuses and evasions are unacceptable

August 2 ~ "..200 pages of bland waffle, complete with those pretty pictures, the Anderson report performs the miracle of airbrushing

August 1 ~ The fallacies - 1 Contiguous culling without testing was legal under EU law. (It wasn't)

August 1 ~ The fallacies - 2. Contiguous culling was necessary even if animals appeared healthy. (It wasn't)

Aug 1 ~ The fallacies - 3. Eighty per cent (80%) of cases were transmitted by local infection. (We don't know. Defra won't release the information)

Aug 1 ~ Precise details of how 88% of IPs became infected have not been published by DEFRA

August 1 ~ "The Government should be able to justify its statements.... using the actual epidemic data for this outbreak"

August 1 ~ Lessons Learned misreports FMD proved premises by an extra 33%

August 1 ~ It wasn't the scale of this epidemic that was unprecedented, it was the scale of the unnecessary slaughter.

August 1 ~ The contiguous cull did nothing to bring the disease under control

August 1 ~ "the British consumer must be made aware of how fragile food production is in the UK. It is on a knife-edge at the moment."

Aug 1 ~" the FMD experience shows that the grossest actions of the government can be glossed over with spin..."

July 31/Aug 1 ~ "If Dr Anderson has been misled then any of his conclusions regarding the scale of the epidemic and the culling policies adopted are not valid"

July 31/Aug 1 ~ The most likely explanation is that the UK epidemic actually started at least a week earlier: that is around 1 February 2001

July 31 ~" ..an affront that your veterinary and scientific advisers can meddle with people's lives ...."

July 30 ~"It's much easier just to go on looking at our own toecaps, while not noticing the elephant in the room"

July 30 ~ The line-up of those invited to private meetings with Dr Anderson -with the very obvious exception of warmwell and NFMG - looks like Tony Blair's Christmas card list

July 29/30 ~The hurrying through of this bill to give retrospective legality to a massacre that was both callous and unnecessary, shows how much the government realised the illegality of the measures.

July 29 ~ "The tongueless man gets his land took" (old saying)

July 29 ~ Margaret Beckett's Office continues to duck and weave

July 28 ~ MAGNUS LINKLATER: So that's it then - no one to blame for F&M disaster

July 28 ~ "the NFU should be treated for what it is ... a busted flush" ( Jonathan Dimbleby today)

July 28 ~ Britain should already have been equipped and obliged by law to carry out a full-scale emergency vaccination programme within days of the first outbreak being identified. ....

July 28 ~ "with respect to investigation of origin and spread" No one took any notice! A memo dated July 18 2000 SIX MONTHS before the government became aware that the worst had indeed happened, a disregarded warning from Mr J M Scudamore

July 28 ~ "Complacency caused them to be unprepared, even though officials knew that the disease was an increasing threat."

July 28 ~" if animals on these farms had been exposed to foot and mouth virus visible signs of disease would have been apparent "

July 27 ~ Et Tu Farmers Guardian?

July 27 ~" I simply can not believe that it is impossible to identify the person who instituted the 3k cull"

July 27 ~ "Will the Minister explain why we need to speed up this plan?

July 26/7 ~ Why this haste?

July 26 ~" I am not alone in having serious doubts about what the Government seek to do in Part 2 of the Bill.

July 26 ~ "There is absolutely no evidence that there is any BSE in sheep, and it's not that people haven't been looking. They have, but they haven't found it." ( Professor Hugh Pennington, eminent Aberdeen University bacteriologist)

July 26 ~ Resolved in the negative, and amendment disagreed to accordingly

July 26 ~ The Lessons Learned Inquiry failed to act on the recommendation of the Northumberland Report; to listen to dissenting voices.

July 26 ~ "Why did the LL Inquiry ignore the EU Decision relating to compensation for vaccination and vaccinated animals?"

July 26 ~ If the Bill is passed it will pave the way for the government to use.... pre-emptive slaughter policies such as the contiguous cull during future disease outbreaks.

July 26 ~ "I think we need to move on"

July 26 ~ the Inquiries should "conduct themselves transparently, taking evidence from as many sources as possible in public unless there are very clear reasons not to do so."

July 25 ~ "A few humble words of regret and apology would have moved mountains"

July 25 ~ "The last thing Defra ministers can afford to admit is the truth: that the contiguous cull, although never properly tested in the courts, was a straightforward criminal act committed by a British government on a massive scale." Private Eye

July 25 ~ Today Lord Whitty will try to convince the House of Lords that they must debate in Committee the scrapie clauses of the Animal Health Bill.

July 25 ~ "I'm not scared of this Government, as I can't think of anything else they could possibly do to make my life any worse than they already have done."

July 25 ~ "Anderson does genuflect toward the case for vaccination but he seems to shy away from the impications of his analysis"

July 25 ~ "Ministers were interviewed by Dr Anderson..... But we, the public, are not allowed to know what he asked them or what their answers were..."

July 24 ~ Fordyce is suffering from FMD battle fatigue

July 24 ~ "what faith can we put in the prospects of the more equivocal recommendations of Dr Iain Anderson?"

July 24 ~ "10 million dead animals, a wrecked rural economy and countless ruined lives, those who insisted on the absurd, heartless and bewildering cull should resign."

July 24 ~ Animal Health Bill to make its unwelcome return tomorrow

July 24 ~ p 50 and 52 of The Lessons Learned Inquiry report do not tie in with the Dutch explanation given to the Veterinary Standing Committee 3/04/01

July 23 ~ The Western Morning News have published this letter from a thoroughly exasperated Nick Green in Cumbria

July 23 ~ Latest Warmwell updates not available to many users.

July 23 ~ "The victims of this epidemic, the farmers, were smeared as the villains. Dodgy farming practices were blamed for the outbreak.."

July 23 ~ Factual Error in LLI report

July 23 ~ Anderson puts down the red carpet for the Animal Health Bill

July 23 ~ Were the people in Number 10 fools or knaves?

July 23 ~ " laughable in its naive acceptance of the prim official version."

July 22/23 ~ National Foot and Mouth Group: Despair at Lessons Learned Inquiry Report

July 22 ~ Anderson Inquiry whitewash over contiguous cull

July 22 ~ The Anderson Inquiry fails to understand the nature of the lost opportunity of rapid diagnosis

July 22 ~ Anderson slates poor record keeping which made "the task of constructing an audit trail extremely difficult in some vital policy areas, including the contiguous and 3 km culls"

July 22 ~ Anderson: "At times there were polarised views within the group but no convincing mechanism for handling conflicts of opinion.

July 22 ~ Anderson: "We have ..formed a view that the option of vaccination should be a part of any future strategy for the control of FMD.

July 22 ~ "The RSI report agreed with everything we (NFU) had said!" (Ben Gill, on BBC TV this morning at the Welsh Agric. Show, Builth Wells )

July 22 ~ The sub text of the RS report contains the real criticisms

July 22 ~ The Report of the Lessons Learned Inquiry will be published on today at 4 p.m..

July 22 ~"There will be resignation calls, but no one will go"

July 22 ~ "But Dr Anderson's 200-page report has not come to a conclusion on the most pressing question: whether the Prime Minister delayed calling in the Army because he wanted to avoid the impression of a nation in crisis before the general election."

July 22 ~ "Did political motives and concern over the General Election date influence ministerial decisions?" asks David Lidington,

July 21 ~Why did all those in charge behave so irrationally?

July 21 ~ "People were treated, not with the courtesy and compassion that they deserved, but instead with arrogance and intimidation."

July 21 ~ AOL has not carried an updated version of warmwell since July 18

July 21 ~"Emergency vaccination to live is what it means and I strongly support that,"

July 21 ~ "..wrong that traders should be prosecuted under laws made so opaque that they would have "to bury their heads in law books" to know what those laws were."

July 20/21 ~" In my opinion, MAFF were bringing the 2001 FMD outbreak in the UK under control before any of the policy changes recommended by the Science Committee were implemented."

July 20/21 ~Dr Paul Kitching explains to the EU that, in the 2001 strain of FMD, aerosol transmission could occur over no more than a few metres.

July 20 ~ "Those of us who lived in the middle of this totally unnecessary carnage will never forget it, nor forgive those who created it."

July 20 ~ On 11 April 2001, David Maclean polled his farmers by fax. Eighty per cent of the farmers and 95 per cent of the vets wanted 'vaccination to live'

July 20 ~ When Tetracore offered their Rapid Diagnosis PCR on-site test to Professor King on March 9th 2001 he never took it nor reviewed their data.

July 20 ~ "..the pedigree of the portable real-time PCR machine

July 20 ~ In the interview given by Dr Kevin Hawkins of Safeways on News at 10

July 19 ~ The EU Temporary Committee are on holiday until the 26 August

July 19 ~ Definitive evidence on the accuracy of the Pirbright tests.

July 19 ~ Letter in the Times ~ New Labourspeak

July 19 ~ Epilogue..

July 18 ~ "..could it not have saved this huge, vast, expensive cull of mainly healthy animals?" asked David Curry as early as March 2001

July 18 ~"it was hard to believe anyone would take his (Dr Donaldson's) comments seriously"

July 18 ~"I cannot remember a public issue on which so much disinformation was deliberately published in order to sustain so bankrupt a policy."

July 18 ~"Four legal principles are so fundamental to our liberty that they have impressed themselves on the public consciousness"

July 17 ~ "too many warm words and vague aspirations" but the DEFRA Annual Report is "riddled with inaccuracies"

July 17 ~ Carlton (West Country ITV)

July 17 ~ Who were these vaccinated food phobic consumers?

July 17 ~ "interference with the plans to suit the political needs of the day"

July 17 ~ The Myth about "Local Spread"

July 17 ~ We are getting three reports instead of one because Labour was too scared to risk a proper public inquiry on the worst disaster to hit the British countryside for half a century.

July 17 ~ Today's Guardian:...The report was yesterday interpreted as a putdown for Ben Gill, the National Farmers' Union leader

July 17 ~ The distancing from previous stances by certain key players has begun in ludicrous earnest.

July 17 ~ "Why should I believe you when you have a computer pallor and no mud on your shoes?"

July 17 ~ "Part One of the Bill was based entirely on the legitimising and carrying out of mass slaughter," said Lord Moran "A re-think is clearly necessary."

July 16/17 ~ The BBC does considerably better this evening

July 16 ~ Encouraging news just in from EU Temporary Committee Inquiry is that Paul Kitching has given evidence on the contiguous cull

July 16 ~ "There are now no insuperable problems with vaccination, whether technical, scientific, trade or cultural," says Brian Follett,

July 16 ~ More misinformation on BBC in the wake of the Royal Society report

July 16 ~ A new and authoritative evaluation of the modelling for FMD disease control

July 16 ~ "DEFRA is bridling...."

July 16 ~ "Questions will be asked....."

July 16 ~"We had it once: a solid research base and an agricultural advisory service second to none. We frittered it away, and got exactly what we deserved.

July 15/16 ~ "we turned what was a tragedy into an unmitigated disaster.

July 15 ~ Apologies. Warmwell has been unavailable today...for reasons we cannot understand

July 15 ~ Why slaughter after vaccination? Because - although completely unnecessary scientifically, it is politically expedient. It is a compromise.

July 15 ~ IN all the flurry of reports being published, we should not forget why people are still traumatised

July 15 ~ Still ill informed about vaccination

July 15 ~ "I accuse the Ministry of negligence... I cried from one end of my barn to the other end of my barn, because he wouldn't go down, he wouldn't fall to the floor. ..."

July 15 ~ Not one of the Inquiries investigates how 88% of infected premises in this epidemic became infected

July 15 ~ RSE report - "Animals within the vaccinated rings would still be culled"

July 15 ~ Vaccination is the best way to beat future disease outbreak, advises Royal Society report - but it intends this to mean vaccination followed by slaughter

July 15 ~ The public is "no longer prepared either to witness grotesque bonfires of dead animals

July 15 ~ No comment

July 14 ~ Any dissenting voices, from whatever quarter, were ridiculed and ignored

July 14 ~ "We - and they - now know that the assumptions they made as a result of the data they had, was disastrously wrong.

July 14 ~" evidence must be published to allow independent researchers to evaluate the pre-emptive slaughter policy."

July 14 ~ "Cattle cull needless "

July 14 ~ The inquiry criticises the transparency of the decision-making processs

July 13 ~ "the data that the modellers were working on was that every Infected Premises that was identified after March 3rd was a farm to farm transmission. Clearly that isn't the case."

July 13 ~ "Our main aims are to ensure rapid detection of an outbreak and plan for a rapid scale-up contingency"

July 13 ~ Still no answers from Margaret Beckett

July 13 ~"...hang on, this is 2002 and no one accepts responsibility anymore..."

July 13 ~ A critical analysis of the DEFRA report "Origin of the UK FMD Epidemic 2001"

July 12 ~ Some producers believe Defra's handling of the Aujeszky's Six was a smokescreen

July 12 ~ "the slaughter of clinical BSE or scrapie suspects, the offspring of confirmed BSE cases, and animals, which may have been exposed to the BSE agent, is permitted..."

July 12 ~ FIBS AND FOOT AND MOUTH

July 12 ~"a campaign of misinformation that bordered on malicious."

July 12 ~ The images of hundreds of thousands of dead animals smouldering on pyres should never be seen again

July 12 ~ The official scientific inquiry into the foot and mouth crisis will recommend ...vaccination in the first instance; safeguards to ensure that disease control tactics are not influenced by party political considerations; and better livestock disease surveillance.

July 12 ~ The Chequers meeting attended by Nick Brown, Jim Scudamore, scientific advisers and supermarket executives in April 2001 decided that vaccination was desirable.

July 12 ~ Why was vaccination not adopted?

July 12 ~The government's contingency plan for handling an outbreak of FMD was drawn up in 1991.

July 12 ~ The systems for diagnosis and culling were simply overwhelmed

July 12 ~ Still no explanation or results

July 11/12 ~ interesting how the NFUS presented the anti vaccination argument.

July 11/12 ~ The launch of the Lessons Learned report been delayed until 22nd July

July 11/12 ~production subsidies will be bundled up into a single payment and progressively reduced thereafter...

July 11/12 ~ "These tenders are contingency plans for ANY disease.."

July 11 ~On the day that they found out the results were negative, cow after cow, five hundred cattle were shot, a thousand sheep were shot.

July 11 ~ DEFRA has been contacting people to ask whether they will be available to tender if another FMD outbreak occurs....

July 11 ~ CAP reform. The papers are full of it

July 11 ~ Just a cheap shot? asks Lord de Ramsay

July 10 ~ NFU position on insurance may well have influenced their stance on vaccination.

July 10 ~ David Mitchell, NFU Scotland's representative on the inquiry, has resigned.

July 10 ~ The DEFRA report to the OIE below dates from January 2002

July 10 ~Blatant bare-faced lying - or simply bureaucratic obfuscation, implying that everything it did was rational and reasonable?

July 10 ~ "There are lies, damned lies, and Defra lies (these being in another league altogether)"

July 10 ~ a criminal waste of money

July 10 ~ "When there is no defence available to excuse arrogance, ignorance and injustice.... launch a vitriolic attack on the victims"

July 9 ~" In Mr Adam's case, it is not "emotion" that is not enough - but intelligence, compassion, awareness..."

July 9 ~ The scrapie insanity begins in earnest

July 9 ~ The Animal Health Bill returns to the House of Lords

July 8/9 ~ BSE Status - a catalogue of denial across Europe

July 8 ~ "Surely an MEP of his standing should have the self control to conduct himself in a more restrained manner?"

July 8 ~ MAFF-Defra's results on the Aujeszky's tests are late.

July 8 ~ "So exactly what is Whitty saying? "We are going to enforce the law" ?

July 8 ~ "The UK must validate, authorise and bank modern NSP free vaccines immediately"

July 8 ~ The letter on Foot and Mouth from Gordon Adam MEP published on 5th July demands a reply, as in my opinion it misleads your readers.

July 8 ~ "The three most heavily involved companies in the FMD fiasco in Cumbria "earned" £77 Million pounds of taxpayers' money

July 7 ~ First rule of tyranny : Treat victims as criminal aggressors

July 6 ~ Vaccination would be to slaughter - Lord Haskins perpetuates the nonsense

July 6 ~ Carwyn Jones lashes out again

July 6 ~ Still no official Aujeszky's test result - but why the DEFRA presence, complete with white suits, at the largest UK-based pig genetics company?

July 6 ~ USA assesses swine fever risk from EU pigs and pig products

July 5 ~ Does Mr Gordon Adam have the right to pre-empt the findings of the EU Temporary Committee?

July 5 ~ Even more...

July 5 ~ the costs of the FMD epidemic are enormous, they are ongoing, and they will continue long into the future.

July 5 ~ Adding up the figures

July 5 ~ Not content with discrediting Mark Purdey, the government steals his research

July 5 ~ One failure is the disappearance of accountability, the arrogant refusal to accept responsibility

July 5 ~"... a massive failure in the core systems and function of government "

July 5 ~ "The fundamental lesson was that the Contiguous, 3km and Firebreak Culls should never be applied again.

July 4/5 ~ The delay was inexcusible.

July 4 ~ The furore over the untraceable FMD-suspect sow

July 4 ~ MINISTERS were trying to "take the heat off themselves" by unjustifiably blaming farmers

July 4 ~ The Krebs/Anderson/King connection dished vaccination

July 4 ~ Prof Anderson, in his appearance before the EFRA Select Committee on 7 November, 2001, throws some light on how the Science Group was put together.

July 4 ~ "The events of last weekend, ( i.e. 9-11 March 2001) when the control of this situation moved from the Ministry of Agriculture to Downing Street

July 4 ~ The illegality of cull - contradiction in SEERAD Scottish Exec D&G FMD Report 10 December 2001

July 4 ~ what was the legal or veterinary justification for the intensification of the cull mentioned below on 24 March?

July 4 ~ Chinese tinned pork on supermarket shelves

July 4 ~ NESTLE is to ditch Cumbrian Dairy farmers anyway

July 4 ~ Brian Bender (Permanent Secretary at DEFRA) says FMD crisis was handled "effectively" and refuses to apologise

July 4 ~ "The Scotsman is right. The pain will not go away"

July 4 ~ MEPs defy UK government and back GM labelling. "This vote is also a defeat for the UK Government and Food Standards Agency chief, Sir John Krebs, who have been pushing for weaker rules

July 4 ~ "Your editorial criticising Prince Charles's speech fails to understand what is happening to British agriculture.

July 3 ~ Illegal, unlawful - so much of the culling

July 3 ~ Yet another cheap jibe

July 3 ~ Cheap political trick. We have been reminded that Carwyn Jones' unpleasant attempt to smear Welsh farmer Ann Morgan

July 3 ~ We salute one person who admits he was wrong....

July 3 ~ Carwyn Jones - one arrogant step too far.

July 2 ~ "What nonsense! There are no rigid answers to these questions."

July 2 ~ Latest reports suggest Aujeszky's was a false alarm

July 2 ~ The contiguous cull policy was based on epidemiological models showing how the disease would spread.

July 2 ~ Contiguously killed animals were NOT likely to have been incubating disease

July 2 ~ Had apparently healthy animals really been incubating disease, as the government voices continue to assert, new data shows that it would have been obvious at the time of slaughter

July 2 ~ "It was as if, as a captain of a platooon, you were taking your orders from a clerk at the Ministry of Defence rather than through your colonel.

July 1 ~ Throckmorton is now leaking.... the misery continues

July 1 ~ Genuine democracy in Action: European Livestock Alliance sends out its first Press Release

June 30 ~ Dr Yves Leforban (Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome) said the possibility that vaccinated animals could be carriers had been over-stated

June 30 ~" a slaughter policy which the government stresses is absolutely necessary"

June 30 ~ "dangerous lunatics are still in charge"

June 29 ~ the initial models used in March 2001 have yet to be published in full for independent peer review.

June 29 ~ Ministers to back foot-and-mouth vaccine

June 29 ~".. he is understood to have persuaded Dr Anderson to tone down some of his comments"

June 29 ~ No dithering from Mr Morley

June 29 ~ "DEFRA ... set its face against vaccination and refused to listen to the scientific or economic evidence that supported it"

June 29 ~ That useful flying pig

June 29 ~ How many more times must we hear " The farmer who is thought to have started the Foot and Mouth outbreak has been today etc..."?

June 28 ~ "The judge also imposed a curfew order on Mr Waugh, which means he will be electronically tagged

June 28 ~ More untagged swine - the Missing Pig

June 28 ~ Alice Stewart has died at the age of 93.

June 28 ~ Rather than admit it was wrong, the Government clings to a policy that caused widespread anguish, lasting misery and inconceivably huge financial losses. This is a government that refuses to accept accountability, one that will try to cling to power, maintaining against all the odds that it was somehow for the good of the country that such bloody destruction was wrought.

June 28 ~ Dr Sheila Crispin from Bristol University's Veterinary Department doesn't just have moral objections. She believes the cull may even have prolonged the epidemic.

June 28 ~ But Mr Morley dismissed any suggestion that Maff workers spread the disease.

June 28 ~ "you find that spread of disease was actually stopped by the time the modellers started taking over the policy.."

June 28 ~ Elliot Morley denies that the contingency plan was inadequate

June 27 ~ Lord Whitty's inconsistencies

June 27 ~ Scrapie in Germany - the Final Solution...

June 27 ~ "It wasn't news"

June 27 ~ Re: Is it the same Morley?

June26/27 ~ "...the shame of FMD" Peter Ainsworth sends us a message

June 26 ~ The Hansard pages for last night's debate were eventually published this afternoon

June 26 ~ CULL WAS 'ILLEGAL' BARBARIC DISASTER

June 26 ~ Morley said that "every report of bad biosecurity had been investigated" Completely untrue!

June 26 ~ "Morley blustered unconvincingly...."

June 26 ~ "The Government's cupboard was bare of answers..."

June 26 ~ Hear last night's File on Four

June 26 ~ "Lord Whitty hedged his way around all the questions from the separate speakers

June 26 ~ "The incorrect clinical diagnoses would have been known by SEERAD and DEFRA HQ, and also the DVM in charge in this area. In spite of this, the mass slaughter was pursued relentlessly.

June 26 ~ "All this, Sir, was thrown out of the window as the massacre of animals proceeded and the incompetence and the mistakes pale into insignificance when compared with the lying, the bullying, the intimidation, and the massive misuse of the police."

June 25/6 ~ The Divisional Veterinary Manager had wanted to blood test and not proceed with the Contiguous Cull (Forest of Dean) but told the group that the UK Government would not allow this.

June 25/6 ~ "Their honesty and commonsense is commendable. It puts the government, most politicians of all parties, much of the veterinary profession and the farmers' unions to shame.

June 25/6 ~ At the Great Orton burial pits....from the ½ million (481,000) sheep that were sent for slaughter and buried there only 1 farm was definitely identified to have had the disease.

June 25 ~ "the true scale of the slaughter had not been realised by most of the general public"

June 25 ~ We will be watching the House of Lords this evening..

June 25 ~ ".. so many positive achievements,

June 25 ~ "As far as I'm concerned, Mike German is part of the cover-up"

June 25 ~ "Were the early signs of FMD ignored?"

June25 ~ "the barbaric conduct in Britain last year was a disgrace to humanity"

June 25 ~ why was there no PUBLIC, OPEN meeting in Cumbria?

June 25 ~ ".. it could be some other poor county's nightmare next time"


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July 12 ~ Still no explanation or results

July 11/12 ~ interesting how the NFUS presented the anti vaccination argument.

July 11/12 ~ The launch of the Lessons Learned report been delayed until 22nd July

July 11/12 ~production subsidies will be bundled up into a single payment and progressively reduced thereafter...

July 11/12 ~ "These tenders are contingency plans for ANY disease.."

July 11 ~On the day that they found out the results were negative, cow after cow, five hundred cattle were shot, a thousand sheep were shot.

July 11 ~ DEFRA has been contacting people to ask whether they will be available to tender if another FMD outbreak occurs....

July 11 ~ CAP reform. The papers are full of it

July 11 ~ Just a cheap shot? asks Lord de Ramsay

July 10 ~ NFU position on insurance may well have influenced their stance on vaccination.

July 10 ~ David Mitchell, NFU Scotland's representative on the inquiry, has resigned.

July 10 ~ The DEFRA report to the OIE below dates from January 2002

July 10 ~Blatant bare-faced lying - or simply bureaucratic obfuscation, implying that everything it did was rational and reasonable?

July 10 ~ "There are lies, damned lies, and Defra lies (these being in another league altogether)"

July 10 ~ a criminal waste of money

July 10 ~ "When there is no defence available to excuse arrogance, ignorance and injustice.... launch a vitriolic attack on the victims"

July 9 ~" In Mr Adam's case, it is not "emotion" that is not enough - but intelligence, compassion, awareness..."

July 9 ~ The scrapie insanity begins in earnest

July 9 ~ The Animal Health Bill returns to the House of Lords

July 8/9 ~ BSE Status - a catalogue of denial across Europe

July 8 ~ "Surely an MEP of his standing should have the self control to conduct himself in a more restrained manner?"

July 8 ~ MAFF-Defra's results on the Aujeszky's tests are late.

July 8 ~ "So exactly what is Whitty saying? "We are going to enforce the law" ?

July 8 ~ "The UK must validate, authorise and bank modern NSP free vaccines immediately"

July 8 ~ The letter on Foot and Mouth from Gordon Adam MEP published on 5th July demands a reply, as in my opinion it misleads your readers.

July 8 ~ "The three most heavily involved companies in the FMD fiasco in Cumbria "earned" £77 Million pounds of taxpayers' money

July 7 ~ First rule of tyranny : Treat victims as criminal aggressors

July 6 ~ Vaccination would be to slaughter - Lord Haskins perpetuates the nonsense

July 6 ~ Carwyn Jones lashes out again

July 6 ~ Still no official Aujeszky's test result - but why the DEFRA presence, complete with white suits, at the largest UK-based pig genetics company?

July 6 ~ USA assesses swine fever risk from EU pigs and pig products

July 5 ~ Does Mr Gordon Adam have the right to pre-empt the findings of the EU Temporary Committee?

July 5 ~ Even more...

July 5 ~ the costs of the FMD epidemic are enormous, they are ongoing, and they will continue long into the future.

July 5 ~ Adding up the figures

July 5 ~ Not content with discrediting Mark Purdey, the government steals his research

July 5 ~ One failure is the disappearance of accountability, the arrogant refusal to accept responsibility

July 5 ~"... a massive failure in the core systems and function of government "

July 5 ~ "The fundamental lesson was that the Contiguous, 3km and Firebreak Culls should never be applied again.

July 4/5 ~ The delay was inexcusible.

July 4 ~ The furore over the untraceable FMD-suspect sow

July 4 ~ MINISTERS were trying to "take the heat off themselves" by unjustifiably blaming farmers

July 4 ~ The Krebs/Anderson/King connection dished vaccination

July 4 ~ Prof Anderson, in his appearance before the EFRA Select Committee on 7 November, 2001, throws some light on how the Science Group was put together.

July 4 ~ "The events of last weekend, ( i.e. 9-11 March 2001) when the control of this situation moved from the Ministry of Agriculture to Downing Street

July 4 ~ The illegality of cull - contradiction in SEERAD Scottish Exec D&G FMD Report 10 December 2001

July 4 ~ what was the legal or veterinary justification for the intensification of the cull mentioned below on 24 March?

July 4 ~ Chinese tinned pork on supermarket shelves

July 4 ~ NESTLE is to ditch Cumbrian Dairy farmers anyway

July 4 ~ Brian Bender (Permanent Secretary at DEFRA) says FMD crisis was handled "effectively" and refuses to apologise

July 4 ~ "The Scotsman is right. The pain will not go away"

July 4 ~ MEPs defy UK government and back GM labelling. "This vote is also a defeat for the UK Government and Food Standards Agency chief, Sir John Krebs, who have been pushing for weaker rules

July 4 ~ "Your editorial criticising Prince Charles's speech fails to understand what is happening to British agriculture.

July 3 ~ Illegal, unlawful - so much of the culling

July 3 ~ Yet another cheap jibe

July 3 ~ Cheap political trick. We have been reminded that Carwyn Jones' unpleasant attempt to smear Welsh farmer Ann Morgan

July 3 ~ We salute one person who admits he was wrong....

July 3 ~ Carwyn Jones - one arrogant step too far.

July 2 ~ "What nonsense! There are no rigid answers to these questions."

July 2 ~ Latest reports suggest Aujeszky's was a false alarm

July 2 ~ The contiguous cull policy was based on epidemiological models showing how the disease would spread.

July 2 ~ Contiguously killed animals were NOT likely to have been incubating disease

July 2 ~ Had apparently healthy animals really been incubating disease, as the government voices continue to assert, new data shows that it would have been obvious at the time of slaughter

July 2 ~ "It was as if, as a captain of a platooon, you were taking your orders from a clerk at the Ministry of Defence rather than through your colonel.

July 1 ~ Throckmorton is now leaking.... the misery continues

July 1 ~ Genuine democracy in Action: European Livestock Alliance sends out its first Press Release

June 30 ~ Dr Yves Leforban (Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome) said the possibility that vaccinated animals could be carriers had been over-stated

June 30 ~" a slaughter policy which the government stresses is absolutely necessary"

June 30 ~ "dangerous lunatics are still in charge"

June 29 ~ the initial models used in March 2001 have yet to be published in full for independent peer review.

June 29 ~ Ministers to back foot-and-mouth vaccine

June 29 ~".. he is understood to have persuaded Dr Anderson to tone down some of his comments"

June 29 ~ No dithering from Mr Morley

June 29 ~ "DEFRA ... set its face against vaccination and refused to listen to the scientific or economic evidence that supported it"

June 29 ~ That useful flying pig

June 29 ~ How many more times must we hear " The farmer who is thought to have started the Foot and Mouth outbreak has been today etc..."?

June 28 ~ "The judge also imposed a curfew order on Mr Waugh, which means he will be electronically tagged

June 28 ~ More untagged swine - the Missing Pig

June 28 ~ Alice Stewart has died at the age of 93.

June 28 ~ Rather than admit it was wrong, the Government clings to a policy that caused widespread anguish, lasting misery and inconceivably huge financial losses. This is a government that refuses to accept accountability, one that will try to cling to power, maintaining against all the odds that it was somehow for the good of the country that such bloody destruction was wrought.

June 28 ~ Dr Sheila Crispin from Bristol University's Veterinary Department doesn't just have moral objections. She believes the cull may even have prolonged the epidemic.

June 28 ~ But Mr Morley dismissed any suggestion that Maff workers spread the disease.

June 28 ~ "you find that spread of disease was actually stopped by the time the modellers started taking over the policy.."

June 28 ~ Elliot Morley denies that the contingency plan was inadequate

June 27 ~ Lord Whitty's inconsistencies

June 27 ~ Scrapie in Germany - the Final Solution...

June 27 ~ "It wasn't news"

June 27 ~ Re: Is it the same Morley?

June26/27 ~ "...the shame of FMD" Peter Ainsworth sends us a message

June 26 ~ The Hansard pages for last night's debate were eventually published this afternoon

June 26 ~ CULL WAS 'ILLEGAL' BARBARIC DISASTER

June 26 ~ Morley said that "every report of bad biosecurity had been investigated" Completely untrue!

June 26 ~ "Morley blustered unconvincingly...."

June 26 ~ "The Government's cupboard was bare of answers..."

June 26 ~ Hear last night's File on Four

June 26 ~ "Lord Whitty hedged his way around all the questions from the separate speakers

June 26 ~ "The incorrect clinical diagnoses would have been known by SEERAD and DEFRA HQ, and also the DVM in charge in this area. In spite of this, the mass slaughter was pursued relentlessly.

June 26 ~ "All this, Sir, was thrown out of the window as the massacre of animals proceeded and the incompetence and the mistakes pale into insignificance when compared with the lying, the bullying, the intimidation, and the massive misuse of the police."

June 25/6 ~ The Divisional Veterinary Manager had wanted to blood test and not proceed with the Contiguous Cull (Forest of Dean) but told the group that the UK Government would not allow this.

June 25/6 ~ "Their honesty and commonsense is commendable. It puts the government, most politicians of all parties, much of the veterinary profession and the farmers' unions to shame.

June 25/6 ~ At the Great Orton burial pits....from the ½ million (481,000) sheep that were sent for slaughter and buried there only 1 farm was definitely identified to have had the disease.

June 25 ~ "the true scale of the slaughter had not been realised by most of the general public"

June 25 ~ We will be watching the House of Lords this evening..

June 25 ~ ".. so many positive achievements,

June 25 ~ "As far as I'm concerned, Mike German is part of the cover-up"

June 25 ~ "Were the early signs of FMD ignored?"

June25 ~ "the barbaric conduct in Britain last year was a disgrace to humanity"

June 25 ~ why was there no PUBLIC, OPEN meeting in Cumbria?

June 25 ~ ".. it could be some other poor county's nightmare next time"


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