surprise, surprise, more calls for compulsory registration........ just so the BBKA and their chemical masters can gain a stranglehold.......
Where's me pirate flag?
The NHS lost all my records in 1980, then in 1992/3, they lost them again!
Or the bit that ran from 1980 to 1992, anyway; I'm probably lying in a dusty archive, as I trype this.
As a heart patient, [now a "zipperman"], very inconvenient, not just for me, but for them, as well.
how about "lost" memory sticks and CD roms;
have any of you personal details actually ever been lost by a gubberment dept?
surprise, surprise, more calls for compulsory registration........
We shall have to agree to disagree on this one.
You have your opinion, and I, mine.
This could be absolutely fine, assuming the "powers that bee" are benevolent and independent. My experiences suggest that Hilary Benn and Defra are, at the very least, unduly under the influence of the agrochemical and pharmaceutical industries, and suspect that moves towards compulsory registration have far more to do with the will of certain parties to head towards mass compulsory medication (rumours suggest that "Coumaphos", made by those cuddly people at Bayer will be licensed for use against small hive beetle when it first appears).
I really don't need to go into the aiding and abetting of such moves by a certain organisation which is desperate for increased membership/influence to bolster it's present sidelined position of only nominally representing some one in 3 of UK beekeepers.........
"a serious debate that would need to happen" - couldn't agree more, but there will be no debate, the usual coteries of Hilary Benn, DEFRA and the government will take the advice of the chemical companies as they always do, and act accordingly.
If there is any "consultation", it will be the usual governmental sham - they'll take the decision, sign the contracts, and then a website will appear "allowing" the public to "make it's contribution"......... many weeks after the original decision has been implemented, anyone who took the time, trouble and effort to contribute will receive a highly patronising email to the effect that "you know nothing, we have acted in your best interests thicko, thank you for your contribution" - got that t-shirt!
just being devils advocate for a moment, if a national programme were put in place to medicate a problem out of the country, what good would it do if a percentage of people refused to buy in to the programme and so knowingly, or unknowingly, harbour that problem in his hives and keep spraying the area with the problem season after season? a 100% buy in from the beekeping community would be needed.