Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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A PECULIAR phenomenon of our times is the selective libertarian: he who screams blue murder at any attempt to outlaw his own favoured activities and products, yet is only too happy to join the crusade against somebody else's. Into this category must be placed Timothy Yeo, the Conservatives' spokesman on agriculture. Having made a name for himself in opposing the government's ban on beef on the bone, Mr Yeo has since distinguished himself by calling for instant bans on GM crops, French beef, and all foreign foodstuffs not grown strictly in accordance with the regulations that govern British farmers.

Even more worryingly, Mr Yeo's apparently libertarian stance on fox-- hunting has been undermined by his publication of a draft for a Protection of Animals Bill. Under its provisions, 15-year-olds would be forbidden to buy a pet hamster, circuses would be banned from importing animals, and pharmaceutical companies would be prevented from testing on animals any product deemed to be a cosmetic. …

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