The price of precaution The official endorsement of the BSE inquiry marked the acceptance of the precautionary principle as a central tenet of government - and the response to foot-and-mouth reveals just how high the cost of this principle is.
Supermarkets are - super They stand accused of everything from killing the high street to fuelling the foot-and-mouth crisis. But what have supermarkets done to deserve it - other than providing a large variety of nice, cheap food?
An outbreak of anti-election fever 'We are left with a raging national debate over when the general election should be, while the small matter of what that election is actually going to be about passes almost without comment.'
Things fall apart 'We seem to have lost sight of any distinction between rational measures to cope with an animal disease, and the irrational attempt to put the countryside (if not the entire country) into quarantine.'