Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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A weekly survey of the things our rulers want to prohibit

ON these pages last week, David Fishlock berated those who stand in the way of the nuclear industry by bleating on about radioactive waste. Since much of the waste from nuclear power stations remains hazardous for several thousand years, and, as was seen at Chernobyl, is capable of laying waste to hundreds of square miles of land, it seems a not unreasonable concern.

More to the point is how the government is coming to treat all waste as if it were nuclear waste. Until recent times, when an animal died on a farm there was a simple enough solution: you dug a deep pit and buried the carcass. While there is the possibility of contaminating a stream, it would be hard to argue that the burial of animals is at least not a slight improvement on what has happened to animals in the wild since time began: they fall to the ground and rot on the surface. But no, the natural processes of decomposition are no longer considered adequate. …

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