THORNS FROM THE THISTLE; Bonehead Idea That Puts Us in the Doghouse

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THORNS FROM THE THISTLE; Bonehead Idea That Puts Us in the Doghouse


Byline: ALLAN MASSIE

THE latest twist of the beef on the bone sales ban requires the comic genius of a Chic Murray or Billy Connolly to do it justice. You can now, according to new guidelines issued by the Scottish Office this week, buy your dog a beef bone, provided that all the flesh has been removed. But what if a customer makes soup with the bone?

A former president of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Associations, Douglas Scott, says plaintively: 'We cannot seriously ask butchers to follow people home and make sure they are giving the bones to their dogs.' Clearly officials must have right of entry to every kitchen to ensure bones are for dogs, not soup.

LAST summer Gordon Brown gave the Bank of England its independence and the responsibility for fixing interest rates. This week the House of Lords passed a Tory amendment which stipulated that after the Scottish parliament is in being, one member of the bank's monetary policy committee should be appointed on the advice of the First Minister of Scotland.

The Government, we are assured, will overturn this amendment in the Commons. Another example of New Labour for the new Scotland, eh?

AN INTERNAL report carried out by a team of independent assessors has accused BBC Scotland of being soft on the Labour Government and acting like East German television under communism. …

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