I have the following letter going down the wires to Mr Adam.
Phone / FAX / Answer : 01435 864937
Date : Monday, 08 July 2002
To : Mr Gordon Adam, MEP
Copy : Mr David Lidington MP
Subject : EU FMD Temporary Committee – Vaccination against FMD
Ref : Ref Site : http://www.ndclp.org.uk/i_mepga.html
Ref Site : http://www.eplp.org.uk/commit.htm#agro
Ref Site: www.bsereview.org.uk/data/uk_imports-3.htm) .
Dear Mr Adam,
I am responding to your blanket invitation to comment, "on these or related issues" pulled from a letter I believe you made available on each seat at the Welsh meeting of the EU Temporary Committee.
Firstly I want to correct your erroneous indulgences as to what the EU FMD Temporary Committee Mandate is all about, and why you are on that Committee – you seem to lost the plot before it has begun.
"The committee has two broad tasks to consider" - NO IT HAS NOT.
I want to put you back in place on what you are meant to be doing on that Committee
1. Decides to set up a temporary committee with the following powers:
(a) to assess EU policy and the control of meat imports from third countries in the context of the epidemic;
(b) to analyse the management of the foot-and-mouth epidemic and the implementation of Community law in this regard to date, and to invite representatives of the Commission and of governments, as well as officials responsible, to attend hearings of the committee;
(c) to analyse the total impact on Community funds of the foot-and-mouth epidemic so far;
(d) on this basis to make proposals to look into vaccination policy in particular and for political and legislative initiatives with regard to the prevention and fighting of diseases in the agricultural sector in general;
That Mr Adam is what your task is. NOT your inventions - "What needs to be done at worldwide level to reduce or eliminate the incidence of foot and mouth disease and at European level to prevent the disease from entering Europe?
You (not the EU Committee) stated, "We must ascertain what measures are needed to bring it quickly under control and limit the economic impact on the rural community". My answer is, why don’t you ask Uruguay ?
You may or may not know that Uruguay had FMD at the same time as the UK did in 2001, and then promptly showed us up as totally incompetent in what measures are needed to bring it quickly under control and limit the economic impact on the rural community.
You obviously do not know much of the Uruguay FMD experience, otherwise you would be quick to gain some party political points on how to achieve victory over FMD, and not inject silly invented questions from unconvincing sources who ask, "what can be done to prevent bad farming practice?" Labour’s pathetic defence is to blame the farmers, as always.
Uruguay VACCINATED straight away and controlled their FMD outbreak, whilst we wallowed in a distinctive leadership vacuum - and now we are eating their VACCINATED meat (9,161 tonnes imported during the period Jan 2001 to Dec 2001. Ref: www.bsereview.org.uk/data/uk_imports-3.htm) .
You made a statement in your contemptuous pamphlet which is just a pack of poppycock and dare I say untruths,
"So far, there has been no convincing evidence presented to the committee that a vaccination policy would have brought the disease under control more quickly and reduced the number of animals slaughtered".
You and the rest of the EU Temporary Committee are in the UK to listen to evidence, NOT to bang personal political drums as you have ignominiously done; preaching what your political masters have brainwashed you with.
Imagine a High Court Judge laying out on each Jurors seat uninvited comments on how he perceives the Charge before him !
Your political motivations on that A4 paper were despicable and shameful. How in hell’s name you keep your position as an MEP if you indulge in these treacherous acts is beyond me. Save your personal crusades until election time.
Vaccination works Mr Adam – you and your kind are blind as well as stupid not to recognise this.
I have emailed the EU Temp Committee via the dedicated website giving them "convincing evidence" you whinge that is not there, and why vaccination works - maybe you might like to check out some vaccinated meat from your local butcher, he might have a few kilos left over from those 9,161 tonnes that Uruguay sent to the UK !
The probability is that your constituents have eaten it already and did not even know, while you invented the bad farming practice question.
If there is bad farming, then it pails into insignificance with BAD GOVERNMENT as experienced in the UK.
What sane government would allow a nation to suffer a #20 billion (Institute of Directors) deficit for the sake of an export market worth about #310 million (Prof. Midmore, Professor of Rural Studies, University of Wales) – only a stupid, ignorant and incompetent leader.
What sane government would allow a bunch of mathematicians, playing with an out-of-date, flawed, virus ‘model’ to dictate the nations policy of controlling and containing the FMDv when those same people did not have ANY background in the science of the disease whatsoever – only a stupid, ignorant and incompetent leader.
It shows the depth of the Labour governments abject dithering and lamentable "leadership" that they, "considered on ten occasions during the outbreak" (Mr Morley’s words) the case for vaccination.
Mark the word "during" the outbreak ! Not in the first month did these "occasions" arise, but over the whole sickening outbreak; what shall we call it, eight months of will-we-won’t-we leadership ?
Uruguay did not show such pathetic, weak, dithering and hellish lack of "leadership"; they knew instantly what needed to done. They did not have a "leadership" that a nation is ashamed of, and the world disgusted by their barbarian approach to FMD, Uruguay VACCINATED straight away and controlled their FMD outbreak, whilst we wallowed in a distinctive leadership vacuum - and now we are eating their VACCINATED meat (9,161 tonnes imported during the period Jan 2001 to Dec 2001. Ref: www.bsereview.org.uk/data/uk_imports-3.htm) .
Mr Morley, and probably you, say objections to eating vaccinated meat should be overcome – too late guys, the country already eats such meat (as if you did not know).
You state, " It would be helpful to have detailed evidence of how a vaccination policy could be employed after an outbreak and in what circumstances slaughter would subsequently take place".
What in God’s name man are you talking about a vaccination policy, after an outbreak . Have you ever heard of the wise old expression, PREVENTION is better than cure ?
Your idea is akin to stopping a drunk driver after he has killed four people in a fatal accident. Your thinking is stone-age and unpropitious.
What are you pedalling with such incredulous statements like,
"in what circumstances slaughter would subsequently take place" ?
You are NOT listening and learning are you Mr Adam ? Vaccinates do NOT need to be slaughtered. Do some research before you try to inflict your prejudices on the farmers and people of the UK.
Do not bring up the Dutch case that they slaughtered after vaccination, for they did that only to regain export status quicker – another political move that infuriated the Dutch farmers and people - have you asked them ?
"Political self-indulgence"……..that is a bit rich after your unilateral, uninvited A4 Labour Party letter littering the public seats of the EU FMD Temporary Committee Meeting in Wales. How about trying to practice what you preach just for once ?
Whilst I might have your attention (doubtful) then let me ask you to reply to my letter about Poland which is attached, as a "related issue". Maybe you have not had time to read it before this ?
Captain Bryn Wayt
Reference Letter from Welsh Meeting.
MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
FOOT AND MOUTH TEMPORARY COMMITTEE VISIT TO WALES AND SOUTH WEST ENGLAND
ISSUES FOR DISCUSSION
The committee has two broad tasks to consider. 'What needs to be done at worldwide level to reduce or eliminate the incidence of foot and mouth disease and at European level to prevent the disease from entering Europe? Further, we have to ensure that the European Union arrangements can be carried out effectively by Member States.
1 All the evidence so far is that a future outbreak will occur. Therefore, the committee must consider what government and farmers should do: a) on a suspected outbreak and b) on a confirmed outbreak. We must ascertain what measures are needed to bring it quickly under control and limit the economic impact on the rural community.
As the farm where the outbreak almost certainly began is only a few miles from my home, 1 have already had much insight into the impact of foot and mouth disease and 1 have found that the question most frequently asked by my constituents is "what can be done to prevent bad farming practice?" The committee would benefit from answers to this question. Further questions are what can be done to improve recognition of the disease by farmers and livestock handlers'? How was the disease transmitted and whether countrvside access can lead to accidental spread?
Then there is the contentious topic of culling and vaccination. So far, there has been no convincing evidence presented to the committee that a vaccination policy would have brought the disease under control more quickly and reduced the number of animals slaughtered. It would be helpful to have detailed evidence of how a vaccination policy could be employed after an outbreak and in what circumstances slaughter would subsequently take place. It should be remembered that the Standing Veterinary Committee of the European Union was unanimous in approving the control measures employed and therefore, any major policy change must convince fourteen other Member States.
The influence of the European Parliament in determining future policy towards foot and mouth disease will be strengthened by a unanimous report. Political self-indulgence in government bashing carries little weight in European councils. Our concerns have to be control of the disease and support for rural communities.
Your comments on these or related issues would be welcome so please contact me using the details above.
Dr. Gordon Adam
MEP North East Region
Labour European Spokesperson for Agriculture and Rural Affairs
I have watched and listened to Labour's slim and fatuous explanations of FMD and how to control it, and what Mr Adam has to say on that, and related subjects. His knowledge is severely flawed on FMD and indeed in matters he should know more about concerning the expansion of the EU.
He has failed to reply to my test of his knowledge on the subject of Poland for instance.
You may use all or some of the data below.
Captain Bryn Wayt
Copy : All Party Group, UK Parliament: POLAND
Can you please explain how you defend the Labour held assertion that,
"reform of the CAP in relation to the enlargement of the EU, which will bring big agricultural economies like Poland into the EU"
when the fact remains Poland’s farmers are up in arms against the EU and it’s subversive tactics ?
The voice of the Polish workers, Mr Lepper, summed it up thus,
"They (the EU) have made Poland a market for surplus Western goods……."
I put it to you, and your Labour cohorts, that Poland does not hold nor enjoy the fruits of, "big agricultural economies" and your party is spreading lies and deceitful propaganda concerning the brave Polish peoples inheritance of the land; a people who are only just beginning to free themselves from tyrannies of Communism – though still led by ex-Communists – and now it looks like another form of tyranny they are unwittingly getting entangled in yet again !
How do you explain this madness ?
"Polish farmers produced 27 million tonnes of grain last year (2001), 4 million tonnes more than needed for domestic consumption, but the country was obliged at the same time to import 1.2 million tonnes of EU grain which, thanks to the Brussels subsidies, are one third cheaper
............The situation is deteriorating. From July 1, Poland is supposed to raise its EU grain imports by another 480,000 tonnes.
............Now heavily-subsidised EU wheat and dairy products are entering the country, driving local farmers out of business".
My reasons for the challenging questions are based on the latest article in the TIMES (from the Internet) relating to Poland, and other information from our American cousins.
Here is what the TIMES said,
June 26, 2002
Polish farm hands show solidarity against EU
By Roger Boyes
A HUGE deployment of Polish riot police yesterday thwarted attempts by the radical populist Andrzej Lepper to channel the anti-European anger of the nation’s farmers against the Government.
It was, however, far from a peaceful day in Poland. Terrified of redundancy, sugar workers laid siege to the office of Leszek Miller, the Prime Minister, whistling and shouting to disrupt a session of the Cabinet.
Elsewhere in Warsaw 3,000 trade unionists barricaded the Central Bank to complain about the strength of the Polish currency. They demanded lower interest rates and cheaper credits, calling Leszek Balcerowicz, the Central Bank governor, a "job killer".
But Mr Lepper, the flamboyant pig farmer turned national demagogue, had promised more: the blockade of 500 critical road junctions, especially those leading westwards, to usher in a hot summer of protest against the European Union and ultimately, to topple the Government.
"They have made Poland a market for surplus Western goods," Mr Lepper told a cheering crowd at Radom, in western Poland. "They should change their social policy now or resign." It was in Radom 26 years ago that workers went on strike against the Communist regime in a vain attempt to block price increases. Mr Lepper exploited the parallels: the Government in Poland is led by former Communists, and as Warsaw moves closer to EU membership some prices are starting to soar.
Many food prices are also coming down, but that does not please Mr Lepper either. Poland agreed in the lead-up to EU membership to cut all import duties. Now heavily-subsidised EU wheat and dairy products are entering the country, driving local farmers out of business.
Polish farmers produced 27 million tonnes of grain last year, 4 million tonnes more than needed for domestic consumption, but the country was obliged at the same time to import 1.2 million tonnes of EU grain which, thanks to the Brussels subsidies, are one third cheaper.
The situation is deteriorating. From July 1, Poland is supposed to raise its EU grain imports by another 480,000 tonnes. Attempts to export meat to the EU are meanwhile being blocked by Brussels because one case of "mad cow" disease, has been discovered in Poland. Mr Lepper and his Self Defence Party are flourishing in this uncertain climate. Support for the Eurosceptical party has jumped from 9 per cent in January to 18 per cent, making it the second-largest political force in Poland. Last month he set up a youth wing, recruiting hundreds of unemployed graduates who have been promised 40 per cent of the party’s allotted seats in the autumn local elections. In return, they have to help to build a modern party structure. Opinion polls show that there is still a narrow majority in favour of EU membership — 55 per cent — but the signs are that it is beginning to buckle.
Above all, Euroscepticism has entered the political mainstream rather than simply pitting the sceptical and backward countryside against enthusiastic and forward-looking city dwellers. In parliamentary elections last September, 30 per cent of the votes went to avowedly Eurosceptic parties. Poland, with more than 38 million people, has more inhabitants than all the central and east European front-line candidates put together. This makes it a more difficult negotiating partner for Brussels.
Mr Lepper, 48, who was a state farmer in the old Communist days, believes that he can shape a political career out of the tangled relationship between the EU and Poland. He has edged into public view with dramatic protests such as the storming of ministerial offices and the blocking of east-west railway lines.
Economic and political profile
Population: 38.7 million.
GDP: $157.7 billion.
GDP by sector: agriculture, 3.8 per cent; industry, 36.6 per cent; services, 59.6 per cent (1999).
Work force: 17.2 million (1999 estimate) — 27.5 per cent in agriculture; 22.1 per cent in industry; 50.4 per cent in services.
Average monthly wage: About #353.
Unemployment: 17 per cent.
Main exports: Machinery and transport equipment, foodstuffs, chemicals.
Political parties: (current standing in polls) Leszek Miller’s governing Democratic Left Alliance, 33 per cent; opposition Self-Defence Party led by Andrzej Lepper, 19 per cent.
Here is an appraisal about Poland's farming progress from our American friends : Ref Site : http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
"Poland's large agricultural sector remains handicapped by structural problems, surplus labor, inefficient small farms, and lack of investment".
We shall always admire Poland for what it has done since the Cold War, but it is reality time again and it has to be said Poland's farmers are subsistence farmers, and really not up to exporting much. Maybe Mr Adam's you would like to explain the point of importing Beef weighing 47 tonnes from Poland, for the 12 months to 30th November 2001 ?
Did the UK need another 47 tonnes because we ran out of Aberdeen Angus ?
Far from bringing in, "big agricultural economies like Poland into the EU", I believe it will be the EU (and the UK taxpayer puts relatively more in than the rest) that will be putting big agricultural money INTO Poland, and not what your "Agriculture and Rural Development" group have been espousing.
Forget the fact Poland has exported SRM to us, and it now has BSE, and given the fact that the farm animal identification and registration system in Poland is still being set up, there seems a chasm of difference between what your Labour buddies are pushing about Poland’s agricultural abilities and what the reality of the situation is.
Can you offer a water-tight explanation, knowing the latest facts as above ?
Failing a suitable excuse for the inconsistencies of Labour’s understanding of Poland’s agricultural woes, it might do everybody else a favour if you leave the statement, "which will bring big agricultural economies like Poland into the EU" well alone, as it indicates the truth of what utter incompetent morons are holding the UK agricultural tiller these days whilst conjuring up Contingency Plans to fight FMDv due to the world's worst display of uncontrolled barbarism in 2001.
Captain Bryn Wayt
Ref Site : http://www.ndclp.org.uk/i_mepga.html
Ref Site :http://www.eplp.org.uk/commit.htm#agro
PS : For those who do not know, Mr Adam is Labour’s spokesman on this Committee,
"Agriculture and Rural development" which apparently is,
"Responsible for all legislation surrounding the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) on any issue ranging from transport of live animals, to the price of olive oil. It has recently been debating reform of the CAP in relation to the enlargement of the EU, which will bring big agricultural economies like Poland into the EU".
PPS: How long will it take for Labour to realise there are no "big agricultural economies" in Poland ?