Guardian letters, 27 Feb 2001:
Is the wind which carries the foot and mouth virus five, ten or 150 miles the same wind which carries pollen from GM crops a careful 300m? [surely not so far!]
Tony Winters Kinver West Midlands
BLAIR TO BOOST GREEN CREDENTIALS WITH PLAN TO PROTECT RAINFORESTS
The Independent , February 21, 2001
TONY BLAIR is preparing to give an important speech on the environment, in which he will announce initiatives to slow global warming and protect the world's forests and oceans, in an attempt to reassert the Government's "green" credentials.
Government sources said the Budget was "held up for a day" to provide a slot for the address. Although Michael Meacher, the Environment minister, has a positive record on green issues, Labour fears it has lost ground over its support for the biotechnology industry and GM crops. But Michael Jacobs, of the Fabian Society, said he did not believe the speech was a ploy to gain votes. "The whole point about the environment is that it is not thought to be a voter priority. We have to conclude that the Prime Minister is genuinely committed to this issue." [DON'T ALL LAUGH]