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When challenged on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Present lately concerning the unprecedented slaughter of wholesome pigs on UK farms, the prime minister predictably reverted to his default stratagem – bumbling obfuscation, laced with a soundbite plucked from antiquity, in a useless try to cover the actual fact he clearly had no reply.

Mockingly, Boris’ glib and patronising “hecatomb of pigs” not solely uncovered an apparent contempt for the farming sector, however could have inadvertently betrayed the foundation reason behind most of the issues we discover ourselves confronted with.

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David Alvis

Farmers Weekly Opinion author

David Alvis is managing director of the Beef Enchancment Group based mostly in East Yorkshire. He’s a Nuffield Scholar and director of the Business Farmers Group.

See additionally:  Enter inflation set to place dent in farmer margins

“Hecatomb” refers to an historic Greek follow of sacrificing 100 oxen to appease the gods.

Sadly, on this case, the gods in query seem like demanding a tribute of far larger magnitude than that of their forebears – and I concern this will simply be the beginning.

So, who’re these gods that Boris alluded to, dictating that he ought to so casually disregard the rules of welfare and environmental management that his authorities espouses every day? 

I’d counsel that slavish adherence to the unholy trinity of Brexit ideology, the cult of the NHS, and the brand new faith of local weather alarmism have conspired to hamstring this nation in a method few of us may have imagined a decade in the past.

To be honest, we had sown the seeds of our present predicament lengthy earlier than Brexit and Covid weighed in.

Our virtue-signalling retreat from home power safety, pushed by a perception that closely subsidised, but unreliable renewables would ship our inexperienced and nice land from the growing hyperbole of local weather change, was hubris on a monumental scale.

The truth that this authorities has merely doubled down on the populist inexperienced agenda of earlier administrations could also be a moot level however, regardless of having thrown off the Brussels yoke, our speedy future feels removed from safe or sovereign.

Simply as Antarctica emerges from its coldest winter in recorded historical past, we discover ourselves locked right into a spiral of quickly rising power costs and growing dependency on each  largely nuclear-generated electrical energy from France, and Russia, to whom we successfully handed management of the European fuel market once we naively turned our again on fracking.

Forgive my cynicism, however reliance on the goodwill of Messrs Macron and Putin to maintain the lights on, the water scorching and the fertiliser vegetation working is hardly the unbiased Britain many imagined.

This additionally brings the more and more complicated relationship between power and meals safety starkly into focus.

The fertiliser, carbon dioxide, pig and poultry fiascos presently enjoying out are the primary unintended penalties of an ill-conceived power coverage to adversely have an effect on UK agriculture. I doubt they would be the final.

Maybe probably the most iniquitous facet of all of that is that, in proudly signalling our inexperienced credentials, we’re voluntarily pricing probably the most weak in society out of the power market.

Ironic actually, provided that we racked up billions in public debt to “maintain granny alive” by way of the pandemic, simply to observe her freeze to demise this winter. A lot for “levelling up”.

Is the Brexit honeymoon lastly over? With a fickle citizens dealing with potential meals and gas shortages and rampant power inflation, Boris had higher pray that Antarctica’s winter doesn’t foreshadow our personal. A hecatomb to the climate gods could also be so as.

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