A few days ago a neighbour of mine – who keeps bees – came across to speak to me as I arrived home.
He had just been to visit one of his hives but, when he arrived, he found about a four-inch layer of dead bees at the bottom.
His hive was next to a field which had recently been sprayed with a pesticide that was banned until South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss gave permission for it to be used in Cambridgeshire and three other counties.
Ms Truss took the decision to allow the use of this pesticide against the advice of her scientific experts.
It was announced at the very end of the parliamentary sitting in July so there would be no debate.
This in itself is – at the very least – culpably incompetent behaviour from a Secretary of State for the Environment.
The two-year EU moratorium on neonics – which Ms Truss broke this summer – will end in December.
Fourteen European beekeeping organisations are taking on the chemical giants in a court case to make sure three of the worst neonics – the chemicals linked to mass bee die-offs – are banned in Europe for good.
My neighbour’s experience shows that if the ban is lifted and chemical giants are free to sell these bee-killing pesticides to farmers, we could lose all our bees.
I feel it is sad to see a government caving in to the vested interests of big business and risking the security of our food supply.
FDC cost cutting
How much for survey?
The post has just delivered a survey from Fenland District Council. Apparently the council has to find £1.8 million worth of cuts to services between 2016 and 2019.
The survey asks residents to tick six services that they feel the council should reduce spending on.
Of course, there is no box for reducing spending on the Chief Executive and other executives’ pay and perks, nor a box to reduce the minimum of £4,000 a year that councillors can claim in expenses, nor a box to reduce or scrap the paid jobs that Councillors get for chairing committees and the like.
When you add all these up they actually come to more than the £1.8 million reduction in the council’s budget.
A reliable source states that we are spending that £1.8 million annually on the council executives and the councillors.
Naïve of me to think that councillors and officials had a desire for public service rather than lining their pockets!
PS. How much did the survey cost to print and post?
Why was grass cut?
Although nothing to do with the public relations exercise about cost cutting currently being undertaken by Fenland District Council, can someone explain to me why the grass on the flood-preventing river bank through the village of Guyhirn was being cut on Thursday, October 8?
At this time of year the grass is hardly growing. The is no need, ever, to cut the verge, alongside the road as it cannot impede drivers’ vision on a straight road with no buildings on that side.
Just another Government agency with more, easily obtained cash than common sense?
county council election
Marvellous isn’t it? Dick Mandley is standing for the Cambridgeshire County Council on behalf of UKIP at Chatteris.
In his election address he criticised the state of the roads and paths being full of weeds – and the fact that he, personally, had filled several bags with litter along the Wenny Road in Chatteris.
His letter went out on the Friday and the next day council litter pickers were down Wenny Road doing their job!
And today – nine days after his election letter – a motorised sprayer is on the paths and gutters doing the council’s work again.
Is this telling us that, if we need anything doing, we should vote UKIP for the Councils?