More than enough to make a cat weep
IN 1982 Miss Freda Williams unexpectedly found herself
having to return home to England from a horse ranch she was running in
Oregon, with 17 pedegree Manx cats. When she discussed quarantine arrange-
ments with the Ministry of Agriculture [MAFF] they suggested it would be a great asset to them if she were to build a quarantine cattery other own, in the New Forest.
Under ministry supervision she therefore built a
superb cattery, meeting every official requirement. Regular inspections
over 10 years have given not the slightest problem, and she has had hundreds
Last October, however, her usual inspector arrived with another ministry vet, MrB. Gidman, who returned in December. On February 16 Miss Williams received a terrifying letter from a Mr N.E. Widden at MAFF headquarters, informing her that no further licences would be issued for her establishment.
The letter listed 17 "deficiencies" in her premises.
These included several items, such as a signboard at the entrance, which
had been in place ever since the cattery was built. Another claimed that
gravel in a cat
run had not been "6 inches deep" as the regulations required. Measurement had shown it to be between five and a half and seven inches. Her use of bleach as a disinfectant was ruled as not "suitable", although she
had been specifically advised by MAFF to use this in 1992.
It is hard to convey the triviality or irrelevance of every one of the 17 items. Yet her cattery was being closed down without notice, with customers booked in from all over the world for months ahead. Even harder to credit is the trouble MAFF then took to contact all these customers, who had paid thousands of pounds in deposits, to say her cattery was "under investigation" and they must find alternative arrangements. This caused chaos. A couple from Chicago had already sold their house. One cat was due from a Saudi oil rig. Another was due to make a five-day journey from Outer Mongolia, including two days on a yak.
Miss Williams found herself in a nightmare. Amid a maze of conflicting advice from a stream of officials, she rushed around trying to remedy the "deficiencies". Told she must have a supply of "hot water", two MAFF vets told her a kettle would be sufficient, a third said it must be a "proper water heater". She bought a washing machine, as instructed, and was then told this wasn't "required" at all.
Finally last week, just when baffled customers like
Mr and Mrs Smits of Chicago, were demanding their deposit money back, Miss
Williams was told she would hear by Friday whether she was now considered
to meet official requirements. On Friday, when she still hadn't been notified,
I rang Mr Widden — who said he hoped that the "necessary procedure" would
be completed early next week. I then myself rang Mr
and Mrs Smits in Chicago, saying if only they could hold on it looked as if this astonishing piece of bureaucratic buffoonery would soon be resolved.
In recent months I have decribed many instances of how Mr Gummer's officials are these days running amok in all directions. But when their insatiable urge to exercise power over their victims stretches even to the remotest steppes of Outer Mongolia, is it not time someone else was put in with a brief to call them to heel?
ON Thursday morning I actually had to ring The
Daily Telegraph's foreign editor to confirm that Boris Johnson's report
on the European Commission's latest move to "make Brussels more popular'was
This proposes that M Delors should make a series of television broadcasts "to appeal to European women"; that the deadline for complete "European Union" should be brought forward to 1999; and that broadcasters should be paid out of European funds to introduce a "European dimension" into "fiction, games and shows". M De Clercq, the Belgian chairman of the committee which came forward with the proposals, also said that governments should stop trying to explain the Maastricht Treaty to voters, because it was "too removed from daily life for people to understand".
It was apposite that this should have appeared over another report from Mr Johnson on Signor Quatraro, the Italian senior Commission official who recently jumped out of a window when his part in a gigantic fraud relating to EEC tobacco subsidies came to light. It is now an accepted fact that no less than £6 billion of the Common Agricultural Policy's £28 billion budget last year disappeared in various frauds.
Last summer I was troubled when one of my columns was given the headline "Will the Mafia take over the EEC?" In the light of what I had written, I thought this was going a bit far. But it turns out not only that much of the frauds on such things as tobacco and olive oil have been going to the Mafia, but that links between the Mafia and Commission officials are extensive.
Are any words strong enough to convey the howling inanity of this situation? Where we belong to an institution which cheerfully admits that nearly a quarter of its astronomical budget goes in fraud; which is riddled with corruption; which defies common sense in every direction; which is taking away one liberty after another; which has bewitched our politicians into gibbering impotence; and which is proposing to bribe broadcasters to introduce propaganda for itself into such entertainments as soap operas and panel games?
Until a year ago, like many people, I took a fairly humourous view of "Europe", as something we had to accept and which there was nothing much we could do about.
But having spent the past few months examining its workings in considerable detail, I confess I now see it not just as a huge, crazy disaster, but as something that is truly evil. And I don't think anything has shocked me more than to discover just how astonishingly little most of those in favour of it, from Mr Major, Mr Hurd and Mr Garel-Jones downwards, actually know about this monster which has them all so under its spell. This is why almost everything they say about it turns out, on investigation, to be the reverse of the truth. It is indeed a very strange situation we are in.
THE 2,500-strong British garrison on the Falklands
eats a lot of meat. But our servicemen are not allowed to eat the local
product because Brussels has ruled that the slaughterhouse in Port Stanley
is not "up to EEC
hygiene standard". So, at great expense, beef is imported from Uruguay via London and large quantities of lamb have to be brought all the way from New Zealand — while 60,000 Falklands sheep every year are bulldozed over cliffs because there is no demand for them. I am officially informed that the only recorded cases of food poisoning in the islands have been "in the garrison". At least, however, a happy ending is now on its way. Last week an official came out 8,000 miles from Brussels to say that EEC funds are to be made available to bring the slaughterhouse "up to standard". What our own abattoir-owners will make of this, as they are driven out of business by lack of cash to pay for the absurd version of "EEC standards" being imposed on them by Mr Cummer, is another story.
Financial Recipe for World Domination
(a) "In order that freedom may once
and for all disintegrate, and ruin the nations, we must put industry on
a speculative basis. The result of this will be that" the profits "will
slip through the hands of the speculators, and into the hands of" the international
"The absence of speculative industry would multiply capital in private hands, and would restore agriculture by freeing the land from debt. What we want is that . . . speculation transfer into our hands all the assets of the world".
(b) We shall establish huge monopolies, reservoirs of colossal riches" and then "Economic crises can be produced by us by no means other than the withdrawal of money from circulation. Huge capitals stagnate, having been withdrawn from nations, which are then obliged to apply to those same stagnant capitals for loans. These loans burden the finances of the State with the payment of interest, and make them the bond slaves of the capitalists" — the international bankers — "The concentration of industry in the hands of the capitalists out of the hands of small masters draws away all the assets of the peoples and with them also of States".
(c) "Every kind of loan proves infirmity in the State and a want of understanding of the rights of the State. Loans hang like a sword of Damocles over the heads of rulers, who come begging for further loans to us bankers. Foreign loans are like leeches which there is no possibility of removing from the body of the State unless ...the State flings them off. But political rulers do not tear them off, they go on in persisting in putting more onto themselves", with yet more loans needed to pay off increasing interest, "so that the State must inevitably perish, killed by voluntary blood-letting".
"What indeed is a loan, especially a foreign loan? It is an issue of
of exchange/ containing a percentage obligation commensurate to the
sum of the loan capital. If the loan bears a charge of 5 percent, then in 20
years the State vainly pays away in interest a sum equal to the loan borr-
owed, in 40 yearsit'is paying double the sum, in 60 treble, and all the
while the debt remains an unpaid debt".
(d) "We shall replace money markets by grandiose
credit institutions, the object of which will be to fix the price of industrial
values in accordance with out views. These institutions will be in a position
to fling upon the market hundreds of millions of industrial paper in one
day, or to buy up the same amount. In this way all industrial undertakings
will come into dependence upon us. You may imagine for yourselves the immense
power we shall thereby secure for ourselves".
Terrorist Training Camp at Mocamedes, Angola
This terrorist training camp, near the border of
South West Africa, was primarily for training of SWAPO terrorists by Cubans.
There was a special section for the training of the "elite" members of a number of European organisations in the terrorist network. The Baader-Meinhof, SWP and SRP were positively identified as having sent members.
As well as physical training, karate, unarmed combat, weapons training, etc., there was a course on planning. Five or six of the instructors were British. Instructions applicable to operations in the United Kingdom included: