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Energy: we told you so

But, as this piece records, we first wrote about this issue 10 October 2004 and really got into our stride on 17 December 2006 when we strongly suggested buying a back-up generator.We were at it again on 9 January 2006, when we were worried out the likelihood of...

Horsemeat fraud: the game changer

“One batch was affected,” said Antonio Carvalho, spokesman for Nestlé Portugal, without being able to specify the quantity of products to be withdrawn or the number of customers who had purchased this lot of lasagna. One can understand the coyness. Davigel...

Horsemeat scandal: the TV narrative

I think it is fair to say that the programmes were very similar in their approach. Both sought to target supermarkets and both sought to ramp up the health scare, featuring Irish horses and the “bute” horse painkiller.Panorama ran with the...

EU regulation: governed in ignorance

This led to the BBC interviewer asking: “Do you think it’s time the government stepped in and actually simplified the supply chain, so that an animal over here might not get slaughtered in another country, processed in another country and then sent back as...

Horsemeat scandal: multiple agendas

We’ve had over a week now of high-intensity publicity and although it is abating, it is very far from over. We’ve had a wonderfully mad piece from Will Hutton and a classic anti-supermarket piece in The Observer, balanced by a silly comment by Malcolm...

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