It is difficult to separate FMD and politics whilst those among us try to save healthy animals from premature and barbaric slaughter.
I have looked back at what Blair said in his 1997 manifesto and I believe he has betrayed the people of this country !
Below are excerpts from his propaganda; outlined in RED are the important parts which I think indicate his betrayal. I have not added my comments, I shall leave that to you.
The New Labour 1997 Manifesto
This was Blairs passport to betrayal. Below are pertinent extracts which define his deceit in this FMD disaster. I will refrain from inserting my comments, but I will outline in RED telltale betrayal and double-talk, then let you ponder on your own responses.
I want to renew our country's faith in the ability of its government and politics to deliver this new Britain. I want to do it by making a limited set of important promises and achieving them. This is the purpose of the bond of trust I set out at the end of this introduction, in which ten specific commitments are put before you. Hold us to them. They are our covenant with you.
I want to renew faith in politics through a government that will govern in the interest of the many, the broad majority of people who work hard, play by the rules, pay their dues and feel let down by a political system that gives the breaks to the few, to an elite at the top increasingly out of touch with the rest of us.
People are cynical about politics and distrustful of political promises. That is hardly surprising.
We have rewritten our constitution, the new Clause IV, to put a commitment to enterprise alongside the commitment to justice.
We are a broad-based movement for progress and justice. New Labour is the political arm of none other than the British people as a whole. Our values are the same: the equal worth of all, with no one cast aside; fairness and justice within strong communities.
And I want a society in which ambition and compassion are seen as partners not opposites - where we value public service as well as material wealth.
New Labour believes in a society where we care for and enhance our environment and quality of life.
On crime, we believe in personal responsibility and in punishing crime, but also tackling its underlying causes - so, tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime, different from the Labour approach of the past and the Tory policy of today.
Over-centralisation of government and lack of accountability was a problem in governments of both left and right. Labour is committed to the democratic renewal of our country through decentralisation and the elimination of excessive government secrecy.
We will stand up for Britain's interests in Europe after the shambles of the last six years, but, more than that, we will lead a campaign for reform in Europe. Europe isn't working in the way this country and Europe need. But to lead means to be involved, to be constructive, to be capable of getting our own way.
We will put concern for the environment at the heart of policy-making, so that it is not an add-on extra
We therefore set out in the manifesto that follows ten commitments, that form our bond of trust with the people. They are specific. They are real. Judge us on them. Have trust in us and we will repay that trust.
Our mission in politics is to rebuild this bond of trust between government and the people. That is the only way democracy can flourish. I pledge to Britain a government which shares their hopes, which understands their fears, and which will work as partners with and for all our people, not just the privileged few. This is our contract with the people.
8 We will safeguard our environment, and develop an integrated transport policy to fight congestion and pollution
9 We will clean up politics, decentralise political power throughout the United Kingdom and put the funding of political parties on a proper and accountable basis
We have modernised the Labour Party and we will modernise Britain. This means knowing where we want to go; being clear-headed about the country's future; telling the truth;
standing up to unreasonable demands from any quarter; and being prepared to give a moral lead where government has responsibilities it should not avoid.
Britain does deserve better.
A new Labour government will give immediate high priority to seeing how public money can be better used.
New Labour will be wise spenders, not big spenders.
And because efficiency and value for money are central, ministers will be required to save before they spend.
environmental pollution should be discouraged.
We will resist unreasonable demands on the public purse
in our countryside
Labour recognises the special needs of people who live and work in rural areas.
We recognise that the countryside is a great natural asset, a part of our heritage which calls for careful stewardship.
The total failure of the Conservatives to manage the BSE crisis effectively and to secure any raising of the ban on British beef has wreaked havoc on the beef and dairy industries. The cost to the taxpayer so far is #3.5 billion.
Labour aims to reform the Common Agricultural Policy to save money, to support the rural economy and enhance the environment.
We have advocated new measures to promote animal welfare, including a free vote in Parliament on whether hunting with hounds should be banned by legislation.
o Freedom of information and guaranteed human rights
Real rights for citizens
Citizens should have statutory rights to enforce their human rights in the UK courts. We will by statute incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law to bring these rights home and allow our people access to them in their national courts. The incorporation of the European Convention will establish a floor, not a ceiling, for human rights. Parliament will remain free to enhance these rights, for example by a Freedom of Information Act.
The BSE fiasco symbolises their (Conservatives) failures in Europe.
Urgent reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. It is costly, vulnerable to fraud and not geared to environmental protection.
We have promised only what we know we can deliver.