Monday, April 18, 2005


Read a report today which shouldn’t have left me astounded but this did.

Banned US maize seized at ports in GM health scare

The US is upset that their maize is stopped from entering the UK at our ports. This is because it has been found to contain banned maize, and this is the good bit, this has been going on for four years and more. And the US is up in arms because we have refused it entry to our country, despite the fact they should never have been shipping it in the first place.

Okay, here is the funny thing, we in the EU, don’t want GM maize in our country, it is unknown what it can do, we have said we as the EU don’t trust it, and we don’t want it.

The best part about this is that the Bush administration knew that they were exporting banned maize to the EU, and now is in a huff and upset because we found out. And we only found out because of the scientific magazine Nature investigated. And they neglected to tell us. Whatever happened to the special relationship we are supposed to have? And the US wonders why the world sees them as arrogant. Maybe as an Englishman, I am missing something here, maybe our moral compass in the UK is working a little more than the US’s, not to say ours is perfect, heck when you have Tony Blair in charge of your country, the compass was thrown out the window years ago.

I just shouldn’t be surprised by the Bush Administration getting in a huff over this, but they put our lives at risk for their own backside, welcome to the world where the US rides roughshod over everyone.

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