Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Loophole closed even though it didn't exist in the first place

My colleague, Bookdrunk, some time ago flagged up the fact that the illegality of forged passports had been repealed by the Identity Cards Bill. Now an email correspondant has pointed me towards this hilariously sarcastic Register article.
The Home Office has plugged an embarrassing legal loophole while continuing to deny that the loophole ever existed. As of tomorrow (7 June) it will again be illegal to forge a UK passport, or alternatively, if it never stopped being illegal, tomorrow it will stop being illegal and start being illegal again instantaneously.

To describe these people as fuckwitted incompetants seems almost generous, frankly. Of course, the NuLabour fuck-up that I am most reminded of is the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) cull.

Those of you who were paying attention at the time, or who have read Private Eye special report, Not The Foot And Mouth Report, will know that the FMD cull breached two important aspects of the government's legislation.
  1. The cull itself was illegal. Under both EU and UK legislation, the killing of animals who had not been directly exposed, i.e. an animal in the same herd was proven to have FMD, was illegal. The government ignored this and continued with the distance-based, contiguous cull.

  2. The manner in which animals were killed, e.g. piglets being brained with spades and clubs, breached animal welfare laws.

The government denied that this was the case, much as they have denied that the passport loophole ever existed. They then passed a retrospective law—which not only made the cull legal but also legalised the methods employed to kill the animals—in much the same way in which they have passed a law to close this loophole which did not exist.

The FMD cull was a hideous crime and a piece of cruelty that denigrates us all: that only Private Eye—and, more specifically, Christopher Booker—made a fuss about it was a disgrace. It is this kind of thing that we bloggers should be flagging up and taking the government—whether they are NuLabour or Ball-less Tory—to task on.

These people are scum, who think nothing of deceiving us, day after day after day. Fuck them, I hope that they and their families suffer and die: it seems that this may be the only way to teach politicians that they cannot continue lying to us. It seems that a campaign along the lines of Complicity may be the only way to warn these fuckers...

7 comments:

The Gorse Fox said...

The Gorse Fox knows a great deal about this, but is currently bound by client confidentiality. What he would say is that the people who have the mission of protecting the the food chain from the incursion of deadly pathogens take their role immensely seriously - and care a great deal about animal welfare. When, however, an outbreal of exotic disease is so great that you have to bring in contract staff from across the country and across Europe and the rest of the globe (as happened with FMD) you cannot guarantee the behaviour of all of these people.

GF agrees with your view of politicians, but begs that you do not make the mistake of tarring ALL civil servants with the same brush. He is immensely proud to be working with the the folk that currently are making use of his skills.

Tim Newman said...

That the RSPCA chose to voiceferously oppose fox hunting on grounds of animal cruelty yet said not a word about the foot and mouth cull resulted in my labelling them as nothing more than a political lobby group up there with Greenpeace, and as such will never receive a penny or drop of sweat of support from me.

The Boy said...

Don't you love living in a country that doesn't have a constitution? Or at least has a constitution that allows its lawmakers to make changes to the consitution and its underlying laws willy nilly?

The Gorse Fox said...

The Gorse Fox, having checked the legislation, refutes the assertion that the FMD cull was illegal.
The Animal Health Act (which has been further updated), allows for the culling of an animal if a Vet believes it to be infected, or believes it to have been exposed to an infected agent. (This does assume that the infection is a serious disease... and currently there are 32 notifiable diseases). In some cases, the vet can wait for test results before taking the decision, but for some of the more serious diseases can issue a diagnosis based on professional experience.

Pogo said...

"Gorse Fox", you obviously have expertise on the subject of "Animal Health" (though how mass culling can be described as "health" God alone knows!) however, I'm amazed though that you appear to be happy that we still appear to be in the stone age in this country with respect to things like Foot & Mouth. IIRC there were several similar outbreaks in Europe at the same time and all were sorted out in a few weeks by vaccination etc with minimal stock losses and no bankruptcies.

Anonymous said...

I have a role in a charity(offshore). £100K was earmarked for RSPCA but went elsewhere. RSPCA, like NSPCC, exists for benefit of its officials who for the most part are self important useless 'do gooders' in it for publicity. Ballard is an idiot. RSPCA's corporate hubris is leading to its diminishing ability to deal with real animal welfare.

The Gorse Fox said...

Pogo
The big difference was that the European infection was localised. In the UK the disease had already been spread around the country by normal livestock trading before it had been detected. This meant that instead of dealing with a single Infected Premises & Protection Zone, there were very quickly hundreds of them.

The very model of a modern scientific man

Your humble Devil was thoroughly amused by Neil Ferguson's fall from grace, and is very pleased to have found the time to outline Fergus...