The National Audit Office tells us that foot and mouth
cost the tax paying citizens of these Isles some 8 billion plus. Some
three billion to farmers and the wages to people caught up in the fiasco - some
five billion to the private sector - tourism etc through lost
They go on to explain the reason being was
that this Government was simply not prepared for such a large scale
outbreak. This, even thought they were warned in 1999 and again in 2000 by
the Chief Vet J Scudamore (who kept his questions and reservations private) but
was told that nothing had altered.
Is it any wonder then, that when in 2001 this Country was
rocketed by foot and mouth - the Government was left running around like
Well might newspapers and journalists alike quote time and
time again that huge compensations packages were given to farmers - perhaps they
should look to the reasons why! Tony Blair had been given ample warning to
put safeguards into action. All this advice went unheeded. None of
the farmers would have been receiving any compensation - if this Government had
not messed up big time. That foot and mouth cost us dearly is NO one's
fault but their own. Surely if for no other reason - a public inquiry
should be called to answer why this Government ignored advice, and cost
thousands of people misery and heartache - and eight billion pounds. How
more incompetent do you have to get for heavens sake?
So what if anything have they learned - well it would seem
Illegal meats still pour into this Country from overseas,
the State Veterinary Service is still woefully undermanned. Animals still
travel the length and breadth of the country to abattoirs... and on it all goes.
We are at the moment awaiting the results of a sow that
was sent from North Yorkshire the Midlands for slaughter. We can only hope
and pray that it is a false alarm.
Foot and mouth although considered serious - is not one of
the World's deadly plagues. When handled correctly it can soon be brought
under control. How come it took us a developed Country some nine months
and eight billion pounds to achieve this?
Brigadier Bertwhistle when interviewed this morning said
that 'the army should never have needed to be called in. It should have
all been run from Whitehall and ALL the 'resources' that they have at their
fingertips'. What did they do thought instead - call on the army with a
man power of some hundred thousand men which is severely overstretched already,
to sort it out. The Brigadier is right - but I also seem to recall that
the Conservatives wanted the army to come in and sort it out - this even
earlier then Labour called them in. So in truth NO party has any
resources to tackle foot and mouth head on.
We should be both appalled and scared by this
finding. If such a god almighty mess can be made in treating a minor virus
- what the hell is going to happen if we are treated to a all out chemical
terrorist attack. We already know that there are NO vaccines to treat us
Eight billions pounds to slaughter in the main perfectly
healthy animals. How many hospitals, roads, etc would that have bought us?
What a pathetic state of affairs when the 'lunatics are
left running the asylum
Disgust comes no where near to how this all make me