From December 22 2001
"Tim Yeo, Conservative front-bench spokesman on agriculture. Although the government's breathtaking incompetence at every stage of the crisis should have provided the Tories with a series of wide open goals, it would be hard to justify Yeo's inclusion among leading players in the crisis. The main role of Her Majesty's Opposition throughout was to claim that whatever the government was doing was right, except that they should have done it earlier when the Tories first suggested it. Yeo was noticeably careful not to raise the crucial role played by Brussels and EU legislation; and on vaccination more or less echoed the line of the NFU. ..."
From Jonathan Miller's "No truth please, we're British"
"......The first weeks of coverage saw the political parties agreed to repeat 1967's strategy and slaughter, burn or bury everything in sight. The Times announced (in a story devoid of a single attributed statement) that vaccination was out of the question. Tim Yeo was on the Jimmy Young programme supporting Nick Brown. He even sounded like Nick Brown. Everyone was briefed by the NFU, which the media decided was the authentic voice of farming, despite its undemocratic constitution and membership representing fewer than half of registered British holdings.(more)
As it became evident that Maff was hopelessly incompetent and a major commercial and environmental disaster loomed, the spinning intensified. Downing Street spoke of taking out sheep and "pre-emptive strikes". The army arrived and the media assumed this was good news because now more animals could be killed quicker...."