Friday, January 19, 2007

Miliband to face High Court Action

Secretary of State sued for 40m. pounds.

In an amazing twist the Association of Swill Users have lodged a High Court action against the Secretary of State at the Department of the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. It is alleged that the 2001 outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease which resulted in the slaughter of 6.5m. animals could have been far less severe if Defra appointed vet Jim Dring had been more stringent in his testing of the swine herd kept by Sunderland man Bobby Waugh at a farm in Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland.

Defra has refused to comment on the action.

We might of course be used to reading blog posts relating to snouts in troughs when it comes to politicians, but to think of rotters from Sunderland, vets, and dead pigs is a different matter altogether! It's unlikely, of course, that Miliband will personally appear to defend the actions of his department, however, after the scandals of the Rural Payments Agency he might be forgiven for thinking that this might be another department best described as "not fit for purpose".

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