Horsemeat scandal: a statement to the House

At 5.35 pm yesterday, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Owen Paterson, stood up to make a statement to MPs on “developments with regard to horsemeat and food fraud”.Obligingly, the Pope decided to resign at the same time, to take the heat out of...

Horsemeat scandal: forget the abattoirs

This is Victor Ponta, who, expressing anger that his country had been blamed, says, “From all the data we have at the moment, there is no breach of European rules committed by companies from Romania or on Romanian territory”.Without even having to check...

Horsemeat scandal: in for a torrid time?

A film on Sky News has a lorry driver who delivers meat has revealing “serious breaches of food safety regulations that he sees every day”. There is a lot in this recognisable from my earlier piece, underlining the fact that much of the food safety system...

Media: the “incompetence” of the Times

If ministers did their jobs as badly as the media seem to be doing on the horse meat “scandal”, then we would be in real trouble. And, it seems, there is no end to the ability of the fourth estate to mess it up.Thus, when Owen Paterson tells Andrew Neil...

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