WESTERN MORNING NEWS BATTLES ON.
By Nick Green
I understand that the continuing battle that this honourable local
newspaper is waging against HMG & DEFRA is continuing with a vengeance.
The honourable WMN wrote to DEFRA boss Beckett with a series of questions
and comments. Haven`t we all. It came as no surprise that Beckett, like many
other Ministers did not even have the decency to reply.
Undaunted The WMN sent the same letter EVERY day and stated they would
continue to write to DEFRA until Beckett replied.
Finally DEFRA appeared to relent. They organised a meeting for the WMN with
Beckett. Remarkable you may say. BUT and there is always a but. The meeting was
arranged for ALL the media not just the WMN. Further, only ONE question is to be
allowed from each representing journalist. Similar tactics employed by NFU
leader Gill at Carlisle. Collect questions, answer them and move quickly on. No
chance for anyone to query the reply.
DEFRA and HMG are the most arrogant bunch of individuals I think I
have ever come across. I faxed Morley on 25th February 2002. I asked him simply
why he lied in respect to the 3km cull. If he didn`t lie, was he in fact
incompetent. To this day I have not received a reply. More recently, he has also
been asked why he visited ex. Pirbright scientist Paul Kitching in Canada. There
is no record of his visit in public records and if he has used public funds he
has to account for the visit. No reply to this either.
Perhaps we can all take up the WMN example by repeating correspondence to
government officials daily until we receive an answer.
I have yet to receive any answers I have submitted to Cumbria County
Council and in particular Mr Rex Toft. My questions, as many of you will know
concerned the watered down FMD Inquiry report, collated by Prof. Thomas, friend
of MAFF/DEFRA and close to John Krebs, FSA boss and good pal of Roy Anderson (of
3km cull fame and a proven liar).