This is a story with everything: bees, junk science, the French behaving badly, the EU at its worst… (H/T Richard North at EUreferendum).
You’ll read it and go: “Yes! This is why I hate the EU. This is why it can never be reformed: because corruption and lies and horsetrading and an unaccountable bureaucracy of imperious apparatchiks and an inbuilt antipathy to business and free markets aren’t unfortunate and rare byproducts of the system. They ARE the system.”
It follows on from something I wrote a few months ago about the campaign to ban neonicotinoids. I gave the piece the heading Bees, Pesticides and More Green Lies because that was the essence of the story. Green campaigners (aided and abetted by the usual celebrity rentamob) decided that the reason bee populations were suffering was because of a certain kind of pesticide in the neonicotinoid group which was causing their colonies to collapse. Never mind that neonicotinoids were, as North puts it, the fruits of years of development at a cost of millions, and vital to British agriculture; never mind that the evidence that they were causing bee deaths was small to non-existent.
James Delingpole is a writer, journalist and broadcaster who is right about everything. He is the author of numerous fantastically entertaining books, including his most recent work Watermelons: How the Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children’s Future, also available in the US, and in Australia as Killing the Earth to Save It. His website is www.jamesdelingpole.com.