Andrew Neil grills Owen Paterson on horse meat (10Feb13)

24 comments on “Andrew Neil grills Owen Paterson on horse meat (10Feb13)
  1. Blah Blah says:

    I’d rather have seen Andrew Neil grill a Tesco burger and make that MP eat it live on TV in a similar fashion to John Selwyn Gummer force feeding his daughter a BSE burger back in 1990.

  2. Mini US says:


    No Intelligence since 2003.

  3. Mini US says:

    In a country that was decimated by Mad Cow desease, the welfare of their people is a very, very low priority for government.

    Bypass government and look after yourselves. Please don’t rely on these useless bafoons to help.

  4. ronron says:

    andrew asked the question when the public could be reassured this would stop. he should have asked me. simple, when all the horses are eaten. won,t be long.

  5. ronron says:

    dogs and cats are next.

  6. GMc says:

    i remember that burger forcing incident, it was a some of J Majors crowd, I was only eight yrs old, shit how do i remember that crap

  7. ronron says:

    yo Mini. you seen my boy?

  8. mijj says:

    “Horse Meat”? .. pfft! .. Merely a marketing problem – if they called it “Austerity Beef”, the problem would be done with.

  9. ronron says:

    @mijj. you biding on the cheeseburger picnic?

  10. sam says:

    It reminds me of the NINJA loans debacle. In order to reduce overhead of testing, they stopped testing where they didn’t have a previous point of failure. In fact one could create a conspiracy of the big supermarkets lobbying to test smaller business like kebab takeaways as people think them to be more of a threat.

    Big business doesn’t behave in the interest of its customers unless they are forced to by full disclosure or by regulation. I think that’s one thing that the Austrians wouldn’t be able to get around their heads.

  11. noone says:

    Remember the early 1970’s Jack-in-the-box scandal of serving kangaroo meat as beef in their burgers?

    No one died or got ill.

    No one died or got ill from eating horsemeat, he is simply out of line with his questioning of this woman: she is correct, it is more important to use the funds available to test for real problems like E Coli in existing food serving establishments.

    Not to say this isn’t wrong, or a scandal worth pursuing…but is he advocating increasing taxes to allow her agency to perform these tests? If so, say so.

  12. alan says:

    An international criminal conspiracy! Deregulation of food processers has worked as well as bank deregulation.
    I think you would be better off eating tainted horse meat vs feed lot beef.
    Just because international criminals can get their hormones, antibiotics and animal medicines passed fit for human consumption, does not mean it is fit for human consumption. Remember when feeding beef virus ridden sheep was a good idea.
    If you think the food authorities are looking after your interests you are dreaming.

  13. Paul says:

    It’s not often I agree with a politician (of any persuasion ), but in this case I agree wholeheartedly with Minister Paterson. Yes, it is a gang of international organised criminals that are responsible. They’re called Tesco.

  14. Chalcedonite says:

    This is really no surprise… If there is fraud in every other area of life there is fraud in the food industry. People might want to consider what God says, not the ‘Church’, about food:

    Land Animals:
    chew cud
    split hooves

    Sea Life:

    Birds and Fowl:
    No birds of prey
    No Scavenger birds
    No flying insects. † ref

    “You are therefore to make a distinction between the clean animal and the unclean, and between the unclean bird and the clean; and you shall not make yourselves detestable by animal or by bird or by anything that creeps on the ground, which I have separated for you as unclean.”
    Leviticus 20:25

  15. Chalcedonite says:

    “…This shows the extraordinary international network (to bring burgers to our plate?)… The WHOLE system throughout Europe is based on trust … GREAT TRUST… that the paper… guarantees content…” I think local butchers just got a raise.

  16. ZORRO - London says:

    Do you think that conservative MPs and their families eat ready meals or kebabs? I tend not to think so.

    So where would their sense of urgency be if the usual cannon fodder are cheated and potentially poisoned.

    Business as usual!

    This is yet another example where the idea of an open borders ethos is an utter catastrophe and shambles!

    This it appears is just the tip of a huge iceberg, and it will now go down the usual damage limitations route.


  17. How independant are the Food Safety Authority?
    [A Converation in an Office somewhere :-” Thanks for that big fat brown envelope, give our regards to the Monsanto Boardroom….oh yes! before I forget, ask them to send one of their Scientists to help us check up on this cancer scare in the press recently…balh!]

    Watchdog Criticises European Union,Revolving Door at the Food Safety Agency

    [“Oh! another fat brown envelope! leave it with the others on that big pile on the table by the door,…. And, how can our Government help you today? Not another food safety scandal in the press again? It was so clever of you to suggest that the Food Safety Agency was Independant…Hahahaha! what a laugh we had over that cunning ruse!…Now what are you drinking, I have just opened an excellent 28 year old single malt whisky, care for a glass?… ice? or a splash of Higland Springwater?…Hahahaha! Cheers! Botrtom Up! as we said in the dorm back at the old school!…Hahahaha!” ]

  18. chiller says:

    I thing we’ve found the source of all the horse meat…I mean crap….

  19. chiller says:

    Why is this “woman” still in office?

  20. Freemarkets says:

    strange world – kids eat horses and foxes eat kids

  21. Freemarkets says:

    international criminal conspiracy and no willingness to involve the police!

  22. Alf says:

    “Lets be clear”…Mr Paterson has been completely caught out here, his
    response has been unconvincing and his message to the public is in
    Similar to Mr Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who appeared
    a couple weeks ago on the same show. It was another unconvincing show
    from a government minister who was found floundering and out of his

    ….Maybe it’s the “standard” of politician which should be called into